Away We Go
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I think for most of us, if we’re honest with ourselves, there are times when we look at our lives and the choices we are making and wonder…wonder if we are screw ups. Am I taking the right classes? Am I in the right program? Is my life headed where I want it to go?

Away We Go

As I have stated before, for the purposes of this blog, I want to write about films that have gripped me because of its story or characters. Although it’s hard to tease out when my love of a movie stems from one or the other, when I look at “Away We Go” featuring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph,the answer is clear. Even though I love the quirky, funny characters, it’s the story that grabs me most.

The story is primal…basic…about wanting to succeed in life, being surrounded by supportive relationships, and being grounded. There’s one scene in the movie that binds all of the other scenes together. The main characters of the movie, Verona and Burt, have just been given serious news and they are scared (by the way, they use more colourful language).

Verona: Are we screw ups?
I mean we don’t even have this basic stuff figured out.

Basic…like how to live.
I think we might be screw ups.
We’re completely untethered, Burt

Burt: This is an ideal scenario.

Verona: Everything’s already so broken.

Burt: So let’s keep breaking it again and again.

Verona: What are we gonna do? What are we gonna do? No one’s in love like us,
What are we gonna do?

Burt: We just gotta ride it out.

The beautiful thing about this story is, even while being gripped with doubt and fear that they are screwing up their lives, they aren’t paralysed by this fear. They boldly cast off and venture into the unknown, knowing that they will make mistakes and that they will get back up and do it all over again. Life is scary at times and you can screw up, but leaving your life in park for fear of it is not the answer. “Away We Go” inspires me to continue to risk, and to keep venturing forth.

Your Turn:

Do you fear screwing up?

What gives you the confidence to take risks in your life?