Lessons from Paris Midnights

We’ve all been there, in that “I know I’m really fortunate and life is good, but it would be really cool if I (fill in your choice desire here)” mind-set. Of course, this mind-set is just a fantasy and obviously not any kind of possibility, unless you’re Owen Wilson in Woody Allen’s new movie Midnight in Paris. I didn’t find the movie overwhelmingly entertaining; however, all movie analysis aside, I did manage to find a very moral storyline in the movie that exemplified the ever-important notion of “the grass is always greener.”

By nature, we’re inclined to think or assume that something better than what we have exists. This has both advantages and dangers. If this “grass is greener” notion pushes you to strive for more and take control of your circumstances, then good for you for being so proactive! On the other hand, this “grass is greener” notion might mean that you’re missing out on the many great things you already have; besides, being envious of others is very counterproductive.

In Midnight in Paris, Gil (Owen Wilson) chooses the former option and realizing he’s unhappy with his life and his path, makes a change. His circumstances are quite extreme (I’m leaving the details at that so as not to reveal any spoilers), but we can learn a lot from Gil who realized that the “grass was greener” and used that notion to make some necessary changes to his life.

We’re left with two options, here. Option number 1: We can be content with and thankful for the great things we already have. Option number 2: We can be proactive and make the things we want happen. Neither of these options are easy tasks and neither can be chosen without conviction and strength, but no doubt, with a little bit of perseverance and determination, you will be mowing the green grass in no time.