I have always had a fascination with the manipulation of time and time travel. Books and movies that deal with this subject are my favorites.
Not in the science fiction end of the world sense, but in a “what happens if” way. How one small change in what we do affects the future, how one decision can change our lives is mind expanding.
What we do in one day, one moment is significant and can be life altering.
Even when we don’t realize it, we are making a thousand decisions that will affect the rest of our lives. Which way to walk, where to have lunch, what to wear, whether to answer the phone, who to say Hi to, what to say No to and on and on. Even what you eat for a snack or when can change the trajectory of your life.
That is why it is important to choose and not drift, to be aware of what works in your life.
The whole idea of what is next and why and what would happen if it were done a different way is endlessly interesting and entertaining to me. The idea that each moment is precious and to be aware of each moment is a life lesson everyone needs to hear over and over.
My favorite movie on moments, time, time travel, and its affect on life is the movie About Time.
It is the most enjoyable and life affirming time travel movie in my arsenal of feel good movies. There are very few rated R movies that I enjoy or recommend, but this one is a must see for anyone feeling down and wondering why many things happen. Be advised there are grown up relationships, a brief amount of nudity, and a couple of grown up situations, but it is well written, beautiful cinematically, and leaves you feeling good about your life and the world around you. If you have innocent ears, are very strict or super conservative, it might be too much, but the story of family and the life is precious theme is so good, it it worth it. (I would not watch this movie with kids, or any R rated movie, ever. Let children be children.)
It is written and directed by Richard Curtis. Try About Time:
For charm, I recommend a literary romantic comedy on going back in time, the movie Midnight in Paris rated Pg13. The lead played by Owen Wilson climbs in a car and goes back in time to his favorite era. Written and directed by Woody Allen, the story reveals people’s quirks, weaknesses, motives, and frailties with humor. I love the underlying theme of “be happy where you are right now.”
Another approach to time travel is altering how we move in time or how we age in time. The best movies on this subject are: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Kate Blanchett
and The Age of Adaline.
It is what a story should be, fantastical and thought provoking. It is about a woman who stops aging physically and lives many decades beyond her youth with a young body and face, but as an old woman inside. The message of growing older with someone as a joyful and beautiful thing is well written. Aging gracefully and with gratitude is also a subtle but timely theme.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is a book I came across browsing at the book store years ago and since then, I have read it several times. The startling situation involves a man who involuntarily time travels when stressed and falls in love. He moves back and forth in time arriving unclothed and without any idea of where or when he is initially.
The book was made into a move starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. I bought the movie as part of a three movie set which included The Lake House as well.
The Lake House is the story of two people with connection to a house built on a lake. They begin writing to one another and somehow discover they are living in two different times. Starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, it is worth seeing.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. I love movies that treat time, growing older, and falling in love as positive things.
As someone so aware of the importance of time, I often write about the value and significance of one day in our lives. With that thought in mind, you might enjoy the posts What if Today is Your First Day about the value of one day and the post Expecting The Significant Day about the impact of one day.
Barefoot and writing in the present time,
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