Tuesday, November 16, 2010

the unreview - "Our taken for granted lives : thoughts on the movie Cast Away"

"We both have done the math. Kelly added it all up and... knew she had to let me go. I added it up, and knew that I had... lost her. Because I was never going to get off that island. I was going to die there, totally alone. I was going to get sick, or get injured or something. The only choice I had, the only thing I could control was when, and how and where it was going to happen. So... I made a rope and I went up to the summit, to hang myself. I had to test it, you know? Of course, you know me. And the weight of the log, snapped the limb of the tree, so I-I - , I couldn't even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over *nothing*. And that's when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again. So that's what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day, my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I'm back in Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass... And I've lost her all over again. I'm so sad that I don't have Kelly. But I'm so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I got to keep breathing. Because tomorrow, the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?" -Chuck Noland, played by Tom Hanks in the movie Cast Away.

to have ice in the glass, to be back home everyday, to watch a sunrise once again in life... it is plainly ridiculous how much we take for granted in our lives!

perhaps each one of us needs to be marooned on an island of either sickness or relationship breakdown or job loss or something like that to realize how fortunate we are to have the kind of life we are living now. because all we do is keep cribbing, complaining, crying that this is not right and this should have been mine and always looking up to the next guy who has just a bit more than us... we all want more... more money, more attractiveness, more knowledge, more this more that but never realize that what we've have is a hundred million times more important that what we don't have!

to have breath in our lungs, to have love in our hearts, to be alive, just aware of this life within is the biggest joy in life. let's be grateful for what is given to us, and let us spread the joy that this awareness provides, let us not take our lives as taken for granted anymore. *amen*


Anonymous said...

amen !

well penned :)

Umananda Kalita said...

true. to face this humble truth and then stay inspired is has become a great human quality. nah?

ruSh.Me said...

I loved Cast Away, and the amazing will to live displayed.. But I guess, this would blow them all away.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0GycqTaXwQ

Umananda Kalita said...


Birdie said...

Short and sweet post. Liked it. Its true that we take things for granted but its only till we have them. We take our parents for granted till we get married and go away only to find that our ma was world's best ma and even sasu ma cannot take her place. Or even worse, our parents go away forever.. We take our love for granted till it goes away with somebody else... we take water and electricity for granted till a flood hits and all goes away! Only if we knew the value of little things in life we would be more happy and make others who value us a little more happy too.. :)

I know too much gyan but I just felt like sharing, so!

Keep writing...


P.S: How did you manage to learn that long dialogue and post it?? OMG! Computer brain :P

Vivek said...

I agree with you there, we take a way lot of things in our lives for granted, and we dont realise there importance until we lose them. Well written.

Thais said...

Well, I had similar thoughts in one of my blogposts. So I couldnt shut up and finally left a comment here. My idea went a bit further and talked about getting out a bit from our comfort zone, especially when we feel stuck and "take for granted theory" seems to not work on us. As for the movie, it can be found, too within the unfinished list with movies that made me the way I am. :)

Divya Singh said...

Very well written.

Surubhi said...

Well said Adee :)

How do we know said...

lovely Adee.. this is a post that i can wholeheartedly praise.. :-)

Apoyando said...

Exactly. Everything has a untouched dimension. Taking them for granted avoids the understanding of the most valuable perspective.

Rashi said...

its very well written...really liked it!!

With Malice said...

chand purane ashaar aapke is post ke liye...muzahira farmayein:
एक ख़्वाब सुहाना सा कोई, कभी एक अधूरा अशार है...

तू जैसी भी है ज़िन्दगी, मुझे तुझसे प्यार है..

Ash said...

"it is plainly ridiculous how much we take for granted in our lives!"

So so true!

delhidreams said...

nimue: *amen* and thanks! :)

uma: yes buddy.

rush me: OMG! yes, there is no greater force in this world than the will to live.

birdie: its not about 'only if we knew', the point is we know but we don't realize :)

vivek: thanks bhai :)

thais: finally! hmmm, getting out of our comfort zone, nice thought, lemme think about it. and yes, the movie is one of those that'll make me the way i'll be :)

divya: thanks :)

suru: thanks lost thoughts :)

howdy: now shud i :) or :( at this comment!

apoyando: yes, rightly said, nothing is to be taken for granted. not even those things that one should :)

rashi: thank you :)

WM: abhi bhi ae zindagi mujhe, tera intezar sa hai

ash: :) n only sometimes we get to realize it!

How do we know said...

Adee: :-) i've been waiting for a post like this.. so am smiling all z way. u can decide for urself :-)

oceanic mirages said...

each word that we read open upto a new unlocked door that has to be opened to learn a new secret. or unlearn an old one. we encounter things that takes us from present to past or to future and back to present...thoughts can travel faster than light, the speed is determined by the reader who transacts with that floating thought, can let it go or can also crystallize it and preserve it.
you have crystallized your experience well for it also is helping others crystallize their experience of it:)

dreamt before

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