Tuesday, November 19, 2013

UPPER WEST SIDE



This past Saturday, Josh and I had one of those rare and wonderful perfect days. This was before we got engaged so we were just chillin in with nothing to plan. 

We woke up early and walked up to the local movie theatre to see About Time. I picked this movie because it looked lovely. Josh picked this movie because Rachel McAdams looked lovely. And because he loves me.

This movie changed my life.

I know, I know... you are thinking, "Maureen, it's a chick flick. Simmer." But seriously, I would say that this movie may have stolen number one spot from Titanic and that is saying something!

The movie is adorable and you should all see it. I wept for the last 45 minutes of the movie, steadily. I just loved it. For whatever reason the film struck a chord in my soul as life sometimes randomly does and I just could not control my emotions. We sat in the theatre for about 15 minutes after the movie ended with me crying and Josh trying to figure out why. The best explanation I could give him was that I was just uncontrollably happy.

I felt this sense of calm and peace that I haven't really felt before. The moral of the movie is to make sure you enjoy each moment of your life because each one is a gift. And I guess I just felt it all at once; it was all coming full circle. I felt 100% sure that it was right to be dating Josh and not be in a rush (ironic since he proposed the next day). I felt happy with my job and grateful for my family and just really excited about life.

This week, I'm in Manhattan for three days of training to learn Final Cut Pro X for work. I've been seeing my friends and family while I'm here, and this morning as I was walking to the 2/3 train on the Upper West Side, I just felt really happy.

New York and I haven't always gotten along. Let's be honest, the day I moved out of the city a homeless man spit on me. ON ME. Inside of a Starbucks.

Right.

But today, I just couldn't help but notice the beauty of everything. As I walked along W. 70th street the buildings seemed friendly. A old man eating a breakfast sandwich waved at a little baby girl in a stroller and she waved back. I had a delightful conversation about the weather in DC v. NY with two men on the subway.

I don't know if NY has changed, or if I have changed but today there is joy. People are nice. Babies wave back. And the world is good.

Go see About Time and smile really big at the next person you see on the street. Because life is good.

6 comments

  1. My sister saw "About Time" with a girlfriend over the weekend and hasn't stopped raving about it. For some crazy reason, it's not playing anywhere near me -- but sounds like I need to make the trek into Virginia to check it out!


    Good luck on your training -- and I hope that life-is-good feeling lingers for a long time! I've definitely had moments like that, and I try to latch on to those sensations and keep them with me long after the experience has passed.

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  2. This has been on my "to see" list and now I will DEFINITELY have to see it!! Can't wait. Glad things are going so well for you, I know what you mean about sometimes thinking "have I changed or has the universe changed?" Probably a little of both, all because of your energy :) Okay, enough hippie talk. Thanks for putting this movie on the top of my list!

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  3. Let me know when you come to the VA side Meg, we can meet up for some hot cocoa! :)

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  4. CoCoooooo! Let me know when you see it. I want to hear what you think!!!

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  5. I had to come back and find this post to comment on it again. I saw About Time last night and I now understand your reaction 100%. I cannot believe how moving that movie was on so many levels...I sobbed for the last 20 minutes of it and cried the ENTIRE RIDE HOME!!! 30 minutes crying alone in the car because of a movie!! I'm so glad I was alone so I could sob without restraint, haha. It's very bizarre. I haven't had a reaction like this to a movie in a very long time. I can't stop thinking about it actually, it was such a beautifully done story and is truly one of those life changers. I actually bought the soundtrack and listened to it today on the way to work and cried AGAIN!!


    I'm so glad to know I'm not alone in this. I'm actually going to go see it again tomorrow and take Isaac with me! I'll probably have to write my own blog post about the movie later because it was just so powerful! Crazy.

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  6. OH MY GOSH I'M SO GLAD I'M NOT ALONE!!!! Awww I wish I would have been there with you and we could have cried together. Honestly, I don't know what it was about that movie, but man oh man it just hit my heart hard.


    Let me know what Isaac thinks. Josh liked it a lot, but I don't think it resonated with him as strongly as it did with me. So freakin good.


    Miss you!!!

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