I believe that this is quite true. It is not good to only have sunshine and for it to never rain; it is bad for the land and it is also bad for the soul. No one has ever grown as a person without experiencing some hardship, obstacle or difficulty. The good times are really only good times because we know what the bad times feel like and how difficult they are, thus making room for us to recognise and appreciate when the good stuff happens to us.
Equally when there has been a lot of sunshine and a dark day arrives, we sometimes struggle to come to terms with the sudden change, and mostly we struggle to seek meaning from the content and to understand the lesson that is being presented. However, in all honesty, I believe that sometimes the learning to be garnered from those dark days is not exclusively ours to learn. Some dark days are not even really about us, they are more about the growth of others and we are just along for the ride; a rather shitty, rough and uncomfortable ride, but a ride nonetheless.
In my opinion, these lessons are often the hardest ones to accept and the most difficult ones to come to terms with, but life deals them out and we all get a go around once and awhile. Sometimes really shitty things happen to really lovely people and there is nothing that anyone can do about it, sometimes people get some karma that they probably didn't deserve and it seems totally unjust, and sometimes people really hurt or even destroy the ones that they love along the road to finding themselves.
Through the lessons of others, we do inevitably grow somewhat ourselves as well, but it can be a lot more difficult to understand if we are merely the catalyst, the victim or the bystander in the way that things play out. In my life I have been all of those things - a catalyst, a victim and a bystander, on my own path and also through the lives of others. I know that no matter how seasoned that you think you are, the lessons don't get any easier along the way and that a lot of the time they don't seem to have any pattern, rhyme or reason, they just are.
Just like the cast of a production, we all get our chance to play different roles in this lifetime, sometimes we get to play the sunny hero and then other times we play the stormy villain; and unfortunately we have to really. If we didn't play all of the roles then we would only ever understand a small portion of life and its massive tapestry, we would lack emotional empathy and we would never be a truly complete person.
The rain must happen, but as I said, accepting the jagged little pills of life is never easy or pleasant and just like a cold rainy day in the Summer, it is both unexpected and unwelcome. My advice is to always remember to pack an umbrella and to be ready for a change at any time, because the changes will come. And when they do, they will arrive straight out of left field, right over yonder from a tiny grey cloud, right from where you haven't been looking at all.
Release Date: 2017
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 115 mins
A black comedy/ crime drama written, produced and directed by Martin McDonagh that won the Best Motion Picture - Drama award at the 75th Golden Globes, as well as Best Actress - Drama for Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell. Oscar anyone? This film has Oscar success stamped all over it and it will be interesting to see how it fares in the near future.
A mother (McDormand) who feels that the local police have failed in finding a suspect for her daughter's brutal rape and murder takes matters into her own hands by hiring three billboards outside of town to post her concerns on. A series of events is set into motion and the small town of Ebbing gets a long needed shake up.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri treads a fine line between black humour and razor sharp drama perfectly, I laughed and I cried, and I actually cared about the outcomes for the characters as I was watching. This was mostly due to the fact the acting was absolutely incredible, with Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson giving the best performances of their careers thus far. This is really high quality drama; the storyline is thoroughly intriguing, the pace is excellent and the outcomes are totally plausible, it's a definite 'must see' movie experience, don't miss it!
FINAL SAY: What's the law on what ya can and can't say on a billboard?
4.5 Chilli Peppers