On April 10th Seth posted We are not living in a movie.
We're not even living in a lousy reality show.
Entertainment has seduced us into believing that we have a chance to live the life they live in the movies. Even the people in the movies don't live that life.
The post goes on to make a good point that the immediacy and drama in movies isn't real, is for entertainment only. But what if you were in a movie? What if you wrote your own script?
This is the premise to one of my favorite books,A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller.
Miller writes about how his life was going to be turned into a movie and those writing the movie needed to write a better life. Miller, very confused, asks why, and they reply that his life is boring. It sucks. It's not what people want to see and while Miller, and Godin, recognize that our lives aren't movies only Miller admits that we can choose to make our lives better.
What if you were in charge of your own life script? The scenes? The music? What would your character - you - do? Can you live a more epic life?
You can. You choose your script and scenes and music. The cast and characters are up to you, your choosing. Choose what your character eats, says and does. Choose if your character opens doors and gives their time. Choose if your character reads books to their kids. Choose if your character watches TV and movies or reads books or plays basketball.
Godin is right that "Life is actually far better than it is in the movies. And it takes longer." but to make it better you need to think about what your story is - like they do in the movies.