Inspiration From the Big Screen
Many people don’t take movies seriously. It’s even harder to take a movie seriously when it's focused on superheroes who use powers to defeat a bad guy who is threatening the fate of humanity. Often, these films are just viewed as an escape from reality, not a life lesson.
Even though I don’t necessarily take these movies as seriously as the news, I do tend to look up to the characters in these stories. In Captain America, one character really stood out to me. This character was named Peggy Carter. Peggy was a high-ranking agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. She helped train soldiers during a time when women typically did not have such important jobs.
Peggy always knew her value and fought to protect what she believed in. Because of her attitude and self worth, I instantly fell in love with everything she had to say on screen. However, there is one quote in particular that stood out to me.
“Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say 'no, you move.'”
Ever since I’ve watched this movie in 2016, I’ve been trying to live by these words. Even though I feel like I’m still learning my value, it’s nice to remember that I am still worth everything I work for, and that I still have so much waiting for me. This is my favorite quote because it reminds me that no one can change who I am, what I am capable of, and I’m good enough to fight for what I want.
Jimi Hendrix = PURRfection!
When I was asked to name only one thing I can’t live without, I looked around my room. First, I saw Parks and Recreation playing and thought, “it’s definitely up there on the list.” Then I saw my cup of hot tea in my favorite Spider-Man mug and thought, “that’s also pretty life or death.”
While still glancing around my room, I heard the movement of boxes that I emptied earlier. Upon further investigation, I saw my nine-year-old cat, Jimi Hendrix, lying down inside a box looking up at me with his big innocent eyes. This was the moment I realized that of course my cat is much more important to me than a favorite show or a coffee cup!
Jimi and I go way back to elementary school days when we were living in a rough neighborhood. We’ve moved twice since then and through all the moving he’s been by my side, ready for any new adventure. On our most recent move, which was only a few weeks ago, I was taking Jimi to our new house and it hit me that no matter where Jimi goes, he’ll do fine as long as I’m with him. That might sound weird or big-headed of me to say, but Jimi and I share a very close bond. Unlike all the other pets in the house who would prefer my mom over me, Jimi is my pet.
Since he’s been with us for so long, he’s heard some rants out of me. From me complaining about my parents being unfair and my break ups, to listening to me practice for a presentation I was nervous about for school, Jimi is always there! Though he never says anything helpful or constructive back, he’s been there to comfort me through any and every rough patch.
I’m watching him grow old now and it’s hard to imagine a life without him. I’ll be there to comfort him for many years to come just as he has done for me. He is my best friend and I love him with all my heart. This is why he is the one thing I cannot live without.
Junior. Cat lover.
I know every word to every song written by One Direction.
Same goes for every Marvel movie.