Life has been so busy lately with resting, coping, working, helping out friends, trying to keep my life in some sort of order. I feel that I have been neglecting some of you out there. I want to respond to many new followers and commenters and just haven’t found the time yet.
So do know that I think of you all. And when I see that you have dropped by and read my words, I’m glad for the company.
Back to today. My friend Mark is a big Pixar fan and movie buff generally. So when he invites me to see a film, I usually know it’s going to be worthwhile. Today’s afternoon flick was Pixar’s latest, Inside Out. Having enjoyed every other Pixar film, I rate this very highly. Basically, go see it! If you are still unsure, read on (I consider this a spoiler free zone today).
The story is about the emotions that control us, that create us, that help us grow. The story is also about the girl Riley, that we see from birth to teens. The emotions are personified as characters within a “control room” inside Riley’s head. And a lot of the plot revolves around memories and how they effect us.
I really enjoyed the depth of consideration the film brings up around all this. And how some twists are surprisingly and lovingly resolved.
I can imagine a storyline where depression and other mental illnesses are treated with respect and insight using this film’s theme. Maybe that will happen eventually, in some way, perhaps a comic book version.
I had forgotten how painful emotional tears can be. Nevertheless I just let them roll down my face, into my lips, and dropping behind the scarf around my neck.
Today I am grateful for brilliant storytellers, the writers, animators and the rest of the team. I am grateful for generous friends.
I am also grateful for pets that enjoy sitting on my lap, receiving attention and just being present. The black one was happy to sit still for over an hour with me tonight and the brown one has maintained his spot on the carpet circle next to my chair.