There are certain movies I saw as a child that remain stuck in my memory for different reasons. Some have characters that are lovable and who kids would want to emulate, like Veeru and Jai in Sholay (Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra). Some have terrible and wicked characters that you just detest as a kid, like ‘the bad’ in the movie ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ by Clint Eastwood. Titanic is another movie that told the story of love in a better way than Romeo and Juliet. Jack (Leonardo di Caprio) played the lover who sacrificed his life to keep his lover alive after the Titanic sank. It portrayed sacrifice in love and love without holding back.
We all have such movies with heroes and villains whose roles still flash through our minds. Now try to imagine that your entire life is a movie and it is being shown to the whole world. What perception will the audience have about your role? Heroic or Villainous? Would the world dislike your role like that of Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) in ‘Sholay’? Or would you be loved like Jai and Veeru (Dharmendra)? We know leaders who are like Gabbar in our times. We equally know leaders who are like Veeru and Jai. Who are you like?
It is time to pause and reflect on your life and see it as a movie. Do you like your roles so far? Are you proud of your contributions thus far? Are there things you wish you could undo? Begin to make amends and necessary adjustments as you deem fit. Truly, our lives are like storybooks, we daily write our stories with our actions. The parting questions are ‘what kind of story am I writing with my life?’ and ‘if my life was a movie, will I be seen as a hero or villain?’.
God bless us all.
Good morning Africa!