Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 14 - 30 Days of Truth

Day 14 - A hero that has let you down. (letter)

Hmm...A hero? Aren't heroes supposed to not let you down? Oh -- wait -- I got it!

Dear Every Cliche Romantic Movie Male Lead:

First off I want to thank you for allowing me to believe in romance! From Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight's Tale, Ryan Phillippe in Cruel Intentions, Freddie Prinze Jr in She's All That, Summer Catch, I Know What You Did Last Summer...etc, to Paul Rudd in Clueless, Chris Pine in The Princess Diaries: A Royal Engagement, Marc Blucas in First Daughter, and Johnny Whitworth in Empire Records, Peter Dobson in Sing, Shane West in A Walk to Remember.

These movies taught us that romance always wins in the end. No matter what happens the guy and the girl always end up together, someway-somehow in the end. That the guy will start to listen to his heart (and brain) in the end instead of his friends and the couple always makes each other a better person. No matter what you do, make a stupid bet to make fun of a classmate, get paid to take one sister out so the other can date, lie about who you really are, be sneaky and conniving to try and get what you think you want...etc...and in ever circumstance it doesn't matter because love conquers all.
However, real life doesn't always work the way it does in the movies. Sorry to burst that bubble. The guy doesn't always do the right thing and there isn't always someone there to catch you when you fall. More often than not peer pressure wins and people feel pressured to think en-mass with their friends rather than do what they know is the right thing. The silver knight doesn't always swoop in at the right second to rescue the damsel, who may or may not be in distress.

In the real world, people lie, people do hurtful things with and without thinking, people go out of their way to conceal their deceit. People willingly do hurtful things to people without a second thought and it doesn't always work out in the end. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and realize that some people won't ever grow up or won't ever realize the error of their ways. Some people thrive in drama and tension filled situations and won't ever learn. Some people just simply can not care about anyone other than themselves under any circumstances. Sometimes things happen that people have no control over, such as families moving across the country before people have the opportunity to see where things may go or just going in different directions because their interests differ.

So thank you movies, thank you for giving girls around the world fodder for their dreams and hopes. I wish somedays I could live my life in the movies because everything is perfect there. If it wasn't who'd go to see a movie like that?

Ok I've had a bit of fun now really...People who are put on pedestals, especially really high ones, tend to fall (and depending on how high those pedestals are those who have fallen have a tendency to get hurt through no fault of their own). "Heroes" are no different than anyone else in this universe. Despite how ethereal they may seem, they are only human and are therefore fallible.  Personally, and for mainly this reason (yes there are others), I don't consider anyone I look up to as a "hero" - I consider them a mentor, or possibly an inspiration because I know they're human. Everyone makes mistakes whether they want to or not. It's how we respond to the mistakes we make that make us who we are.
Anyone agree? Disagree? Have a different POV?
Random Fact: A man is 4 times more likely to get struck by lightning than a woman.