When You Feel Your Life is Up in the Air

I just came back from seeing Up in the Air for the second time in the theater.  It had such an impact on me the first time, I wanted to see if it held up through a second viewing.

A curious thing happened as I was leaving.  A girl from one of my classes (the Movie Nerdfighter is back in school if that hasn’t been previously mentioned) was in the theater and we walked out together.  We talked and she said something that I’ve been thinking about since we parted ways.  She said, “I don’t really think a man who has been alone for so long would suddenly start to feel lonely.”

This comment struck me because I’ve recently been questioning the way I live my own life.  I’m a lot like Ryan (Clooney) when it comes to interpersonal relationships.  I live a rather lonely existence.  Now, I’m not saying I don’t have friends or family who I could call and talk to at any given moment, but with all the things I want to do I often end up sitting alone in my apartment working on my many different projects.  Now, that’s something I’m trying to change because I don’t particularly want to end up a Ryan Bingham.

However, there is a part of his life philosophy that appeals to me.  I live with far too much stuff.  I’m inundated with it.  If I attempted to fill my backpack, I’d be crushed under the weight of it.  I remember growing up with all my toys and comics around me and imagining what I would do if a fire started and the house was burning.  I had a complicated maneuver where I would begin to chuck boxes of comics and toys out the window and jump down afterwards.

I was a strange child.

The older I get, however, the more I realize how unnecessary it all is.  Even before I saw Up in the Air the first time I was beginning a campaign to reduce the amount of clutter in my life to things more essential.  I’ve started a slow process of selling my comics (which is not going so well in the current economic climate) and have started to revise my thinking of “what is important to me.”  My life is surrounded by knick-knacks and junk and honestly, I’m tired of living like this.

I loved Up in the Air as much this second time if not more.  It’s one of those movies that just sits on your brain and causes the synapses to fire all through the night.  It gives you a lot to think about, and that’s why I love it so.

William, the Movie Nerdfighter

who’s searching for his “Plus 1”

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3 Responses to “When You Feel Your Life is Up in the Air”

  1. theaterinhabitant Says:

    I also liked this movie.

    But I have to tell you your friend is wrong. Someone who has been as lonely as he has, can start to feel lonely. I have absolutely no friends, I worked alone until recently and I barely talk to my family. I am as unconnected with human relationships as I can be.

    However something funny happened to me the other day. I became lonely.

    I have a lot of clutter which is why Up in the Air struck me as it did you. But I was watching this horrible show called Dead Like Me the other day and I realized….I could die at any moment. Of course this is no major discovery for man kind but this television show really got me thinking….I need to do whatever the hell it is I want to do.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that, instead of getting rid of ‘clutter’, just go out and capture more experiences, because in the end that’s all you ever have.

  2. regularguy5mb Says:

    I definitely agree. That’s why her comment was on my mind so much afterwards.

    Also, I agree with you regarding our mortality. I had the same reaction when I first saw the Buried Life trailer online (this was before they were on MTV) and even started producing a “bucket list” of all the things I wanted to do and I’ve started finding ways to cross things off the list. The de-cluttering is only one part of my attempts to make a change.

    Thanks so much for your comment. And hey, if you ever need someone to talk to, drop me a line.

  3. theaterinhabitant Says:

    I’m glad your actually making a change, people get so sucked up in going going going all the time, they just need to slooooow down.

    I saw that show, it made me wonder what I would do before I die and I did it. It was to meet the only person there for me growing up, to finally meet him in person and thank him. But you know what? It turns out he didn’t want to see me, so I never went. If you don’t mind me asking, what’s on your bucket list?

    Feel free to drop me a line as well, you seem like a good heart-ed person, kind of hard to come by these days.

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