Monday, February 8, 2010

It's Never Too Late

The film "Crazy Heart" is about Bad Blake (played by Jeff Bridges), a washed-up country and western singer who's had one too many marriages and way too many drinks. He meets a young reporter (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and his life is forever changed. I won't give away too much because I think everyone should see this excellent movie.

One of the reasons I loved this movie is that it is a story of hope and transformation. One of it's main messages is: it's never too late to change your life for the better.

As we grow older, many of us accept the myth that "change is impossible." We think that because we've lived the way we have for 50, 60, 70 or more years, we can't make major changes in our lives.

Yet, change is not only possible, it is inevitable. To live is to change either by choice or by chance. Crises, losses, pitfalls and tragedies happen to us without asking for our permission. Aging brings on changes we must accept.

Change doesn't only happen to us. Change can be an act of the will. We can choose to change those parts of ourselves and our lives that are destructive and unhealthy. It's never too late to change directions and embrace a better, happier and more meaningful life. If Bad Blake can turn his life around, anyone can.

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