Benjamin Button

Recently re-watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This movie really messes with your mind. Have you seen it? He’s born an old man and ages backwards. He loves his family and then a girl. They travel thru time, at a different pace, and it really makes you think about the things that we need in our life!

I challenge you to really think about the things you need. What makes you happy? Time with family and friends? A certain hobby? Helping others? Find ways to incorporate those items into your life. Let go of items that don’t bring you joy.

It’s an interesting time to see people evaluate what they need to make their life complete. We’re seeing a change from an almost hoarding culture to a minimalist evolution.

After watching the Benjamin Button movie, I wanted to make a list of the things we need at each stage in our life. Do you think the list would look something list this …

  • Baby – warmth, diapers, milk to drink, small clothes, crib.
  • Toddler – attention, baby food, clothes, small toys, small bed.
  • School-ager – education, clothes, toys, table for homework.
  • Teenager – own space, hobbies, toys, desk for homework.
  • High school / College – safe environment, transportation, sports gear, big bed.
  • Twenties / Thirties / Forties – family home, kitchen, living room, bedrooms.
  • Fifties / Sixties – smaller home, kitchen, bedroom, possible guest room?
  • Seventies & up – visits from friends, comfy bed & clothes!

Remember the free things in life — love, relationships, health, and personal growth, to name a few. What free things in life bring you joy?

I’d like to leave you with this quote from the movie —

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

~ Benjamin Button, 2008