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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dead Poets Society and Life Lessons

We all know it happened. Robin Williams Died. We're all thinking about it, talking about it. At least I'm thinking about it, I'm talking about it. We've read the buzzfeed articles, the lists of all the things he's taught us, because even though we claim it otherwise, the lessons never really make it all the way to our hearts until we lament that there will be no more lessons. 

It was while reading one of these articles that I came across Dead Poet's Society. It seemed like a lot of the lessons in the article were from this movie. I'd heard of it before, but I'd never seen it. And it was only rated PG (I had some irrational fear that it was going to be rated R). So my little sister and I watched it. 

I was pretty impressed. If you know me at all, then you know that I love poetry. I loved the way that the poetry was woven in, but what I liked more was the message. The message that we are never too young to be free thinkers. We are never too young to stand up for what we believe in. 

Seriously, the scene at the end gave me chills! "Oh captain, my captain!"

It also reminded me a lot of Mona Lisa smile. Except with boys and poetry, instead of girls and paintings. Both movies teach that message though. To be your own person. To be it in spite of what anyone else tells you that you have to be. I like that.

Robin Williams will be missed, but hopefully, he has taught us one more lesson (Non-movie related). Perhaps he has taught us to be a little more empathetic. To be a little more giving. If the stories of him that I've read have shown me anything, it was that Robin Williams cared about people. He did what he could to cheer them up, to be there for people, both friends and strangers. I hope that someday I can be that kind of person. 
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