I just read an online review of the movie “Eat, Pray, Love.” An anonymous tweet below the review (sorry I don’t know who wrote it or I’d give credit) said something like, “I don’t know if I’ll see the movie “Eat, Pray, Love,” but if it was called “Drink, Swear, Sleep,” I probably would.” It cracked me up. I wondered what title would most fit my life and compel me to go to the movies.Or, what title would the movie have if I wrote it? I’m thinking, “Laugh, Bitch, Run.”
If Elizabeth Gilbert (author Eat, Pray, Love) wrote about the things that got her through life (and truth be told I didn’t read the book so I only know what I’ve heard about it), and those were her three, fine. Whatever works, right? For me, the behaviors that get me through this crazy existence are definitely laughing, bitching, and running. (Okay, there are more including chocolate, writing, reading, etc. but the movie title gets less poetic after three words.)
Here’s why I picked those three…
Laugh? A necessity. Life is often absurd. If you can’t laugh, you can only cry, and I prefer the former. I try to find humor in as many things as possible. It keeps me sane. (Okay, Carroll girls, I know what you’re thinking.)
Bitch? I’ll explain. It’s not just bitching, it’s more commentary on… well, pretty much any and everything. Sometimes, yes bitching is in order. Other times it’s not so much bitching as just observations and… yes, I admit… sometimes it’s judging. But, without the ability to narrate my life verbally, I couldn’t live happily ever after. So, yes, “bitch”, mostly because “commentary” is not a good word for a movie title.
Run? Yes, I must include this because if I couldn’t run or exercise in some way, I wouldn’t be happy. In fact, I’d be downright crabby. (Not to mention much chubbier than I am!) It’s not because I love exercise. Most days I dread it, but without exception, when I’m done I feel great, so it’s in my movie title as an essential part of life. I wish I was one of those people who experienced the runner’s high and really looked forward to running. But I actually think the runner’s high is a myth perpetrated by people who don’t want to drink or use dubious substances to get high so they really want to believe they can achieve that same feeling from running. If only! I’ve been running for 25 years off and on. Probably thousands of runs, let’s say. Not one runner’s high. Still, it’s in my title because it makes me live a better life.
What would your movie title be?
(Side note to other moms out there: Don’t you think this is a cool thing to ask your kids? It might help you get a good sense of what’s important to them in their lives if you ask them what their three-word movie title would be.)
It is hard to pick three words that are the MOST important things in my life. I could think of a million words, play, eat, sleep, dance, make fun of people, party, shop, travel, complain, teach, work, blah blah blah.
I guess if I have to pick 3 that are appropriate for a movie mine would “Laugh, Music, Chocolate”, (either that or “I’m Darn Fabulous” – no explanation needed on that one).
Laugh? Because I love to laugh. I love to make people laugh and honestly, I love to make myself laugh. No one laughs at me more than me! It feels good to laugh, it means you’re having a good time, and everyone wants to be around the people who are laughing (unless you’re the one they’re laughing at…). Laughter is a part of my day every day, and without it, things just wouldn’t be any fun.
Music? I need music and I love music. There is nothing like a jamming to a good song in the car to make you feel happy or excited. It pumps you up when you’re excited, and can calm you down when you’re upset. I always have music in my classroom for the kids to listen to. I always have a song in my head (even if it is “Her name is Lola…”). For me, everything is better with music.
Chocolate? I have a small chocolate addiction. I could eat tons of candy every day (probably because I was deprived as a child). But still, I love it. If Twix is a gateway drug, then I’m on the road to some hardcore drugs.
I know I only get three, but god, I love to shop.
Also, I hope if when my movie comes out that there is merchandise coming out of people’s ears with my 3 words on it – candles, towels, toilet seat covers, the works…
Some moms might not want to know what their teenagers 3 words would be…
Hmm, it’s definitely hard to narrow down to three. But I’m going to go with “Dance, Play, Bake”
Dance: I am by no means a professional dancer. The closest I’ve come to is a salsa class I once took at my high school’s adult school. I’m not even going to say I’m a particularly good amateur dancer. Despite that, it’s one of my favorite things to do. Whether it’s at a wedding with my sisters, a bar with my friends, or alone in my bedroom, dancing has always been one of my favorite releases. I can choose music that fits my mood, and it always makes me feel better.
Play: Everyone else was saying “laugh” so I thought I’d mix it up. I like to do things that are fun. If there’s laughter involved, that’s definitely a plus.
Bake: It started out as a way to relieve stress in college, and it evolved into something I really love to do. I started baking and decorating cupcakes to brighten up even the tiniest of occasions. It’s nice to know there’s something that I’m good at, and it doesn’t hurt that there’s cake.
I am way too complex an individual to choose just three words to describe me. In the words of my sisters’ and my favorite comedian, Dane Cook, “Words don’t control us.” And I won’t allow them to control me and how I define myself. I however will describe myself in one word and that is FABULOUS. That’s my movie title.