The children however were another story entirely. You would think that a blackout was the first sign of an imminent zombie apocalypse or that the aliens had landed and would soon commence harvesting our bodies for fuel usage. Seriously, the concern was ridiculous! Not that they would admit to being afraid, and I don't know if it really was fear but more of a inconvenience than anything else. Anyway, it lead to a stream of questions like "when will the power go back on?" and "will this last for very much longer?" Like I can answer any of those questions!
So there was very little that I could do to help them but assure that it wouldn't be long and then play a few rounds of UNO with them to take their minds off the dark and cold.
Gotta be honest, the cold was a bit of an issue. Everything in Enfield runs off electricity, so no power, no heat. Not a problem for me really because I just got my iPhone out and danced around the kitchen to a few of my favourite tunes which for some reason caused everyone else to retreat into their own activities that primarily relied on battery power and Craig promptly fell asleep on the couch. Seriously! Where is their sense of adventure, I see an opportunity to shake my booty and they see a chance to escape to their Ipods; which got me to thinking.
Thinking about mortality and life in general. What better time to think without any distraction than when there's a blackout and no-ones wants to communicate. So, I was thinking about the fact that we take some very useful information about life like- one day you are going to die, and then ignore it. We ignore how extremely important this glimpse into our own mortality is, how precious and valuable our very lives are. I mean sure, we address it to a certain point, because lets be honest if we thought that we had forever then nothing would ever get done. We wouldn't make bucket lists or set ourselves so many deadlines because we would literally have forever. But in general, I think that most people don't ever really tangle with the idea that life is not eternal, and you don't have forever.
In fact, in the big scheme of things you have a very small and somewhat infinitesimally tiny amount of time to live your life. To do what you want to do, to embrace your life, to LIVE your LIFE! So that knowledge should make you want to suck every last moment out of what you've been given, to find the meaning in the mundane and the magic in the moment, every single day. And if that means dancing alone in your kitchen in the dark, then so be it, you have to do it. You have to remember at every moment that it's really about time, and as humans we just don't get a lot of it. Embrace it all I say, every wicked and wonderful minute - embrace your mortality and never forget what a gift it is to know that nothing is forever.
Release Date: 2013
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 123 mins
When 21 year old Tim finds out that he has inherited the unique ability to time travel, he thinks that he has found the answer to all of his troubles. But, there are rules to what Tim can change, and naturally there is cause and effect at play, so getting the girl of his dreams to fall in love with him is not as straight forward as Tim first thought it would be.
This movie is as much a drama as it is a romance, so don't think that you are just going to get some soppy love story out of this. It's witty, charming, clever and incredibly touching in every way, and features a fabulous soundtrack as well. This is clearly another solid piece of work from Richard Curtis (director of Love Actually and 4 Weddings and a Funeral), and arguably his best piece to date.
Rachel McAdams is utterly darling as Tim's love interest Mary, Domhnall Gleeson is extremely likable as Tim and Bill Nighy and Lindsay Duncan round it all out perfectly as Tim's delightful parents.
At the heart of this movie is a deep message about using the time that you have well and embracing every moment, and it spoke volumes to me.
FINAL SAY: Life's a mixed bag, no matter who you are.
4 Chili Peppers