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”