Movie Review – Into the Wild

“Maybe I stopped writing because I figured it all out.”

      Into the Wild an absolutely inspirational movie about a young brave, ignorant, longing, stupid, amazing boy name Christopher McCandelss who seeks more than life has to offer.

“Happiness only real when shared” –Into the Wild

A must watch for those who are lost.

Autism – Fly Away

Fly Away is about a single mother Jeanne attempting to manage her teen daughters severe autism as a lone parent.  Jeanne is hesitant to seek help as she feels seeking help is ultimately her failing.

        Parents with children that sufferer from disorders such as Autism often are scared to seek help and feel as if excepting the aid of others suggests that they cannot handel their children.  Parents need to understand, it is not that you cannot handel your children, it is the fact that life is overwhelming with jobs, house keeping, dinners, and school.  Your children are not the problem, it is the life that we as humans have created for ourselves that is the issue, and unfortunately life gets in the way of us being able to tend to our children’s every need. Autistic children need tons of care to flourish, and excepting help is only proving that you love your child.

This particular movie is absolutely amazing, it is rather short, only 40 mins. long, but in this crazy life we all live, a 40 min. movie is just long enough to hang out for a bit and relax, so the legnth of this movie is one of the things I enjoy most about it.

The actors and actresses are all wonderful as well, the girl who plays Mandy is especially phenomenal.

I particularly like the little aspects of the movie, such as the scheduals, the pictures on Mandy’s door, and the lables around the house because they are what make Fly Away so realistic.

I deem this movie as a must watch for parents who have disabled children, and for anyone who has the passion to care for disabled children, but I warn you, some parts are tear jerkers.

OCD.

OCD is a debilitating disorder that controls thousands of individual’s lives each day.  For those of you who do not know, OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  The disorder causes individuals to have obsessive compulsions, also known as “rituals” that take over their lives as these rituals may take hours to perform.

Some people with OCD fear that they will injure themselves or other people.

Others feel they will become contaminated.

Others fear something bad will happen if they do not perform their rituals.

The list goes on and on and on.

I struggled with OCD for about 5 years and my rituals took over my entire life.  I searched for information, but I couldn’t find much that eased my mind, which is why I am writing this.  People with OCD need to realize they can become ritual free eventually.  And OCDers need to know there is information out there.  I am not about to toss tons of facts and lingo at you, but I would like to tell you a few things to ease your mind.  Mainly, I want you to know, you can get better, and no matter what anyone tells you, OCD is NOT A VIRUS and it CAN BE cured.  I know this because it has been many years since I have had an obsessive thought or compulsion that took up more then 1 minute of my day.  Though I occasionally still have minor thoughts or compulsions, I deem myself as “cured” because compared to what my OCD was a long time ago it is minute and livable now.

If you have OCD, know this, you can, and WILL get over it as long as you

  1. Focus
  2. Go to therapy
  3. And realize you will be okay without performing your rituals

The worst that will happen if you do not perform your ritual is an anxiety attack!

Nothing else will happen,

The world will not end,

No one will die,

And life will go on!

So good, we know that the only thing that will happen is an anxiety attack, and compared to the things us OCDers fear will happen an anxiety attack is nothing.

But anxiety attacks still…

Excuse my word choice…

FUCKING SUCK!

But, here is something I bet you didn’t know,

Anxiety attacks normally only last for 10 minutes!

So, if you can get though 10 minutes, you will be okay.

Many individuals with OCD fear that if they do not perform a ritual then someone, (normally a loved one) will be influenced badly.  They may fear a loved one will die if they do not touch an object a certain number of times, or they fear that if they do not wash there hands over and over again their newborn child will be at risk of infection, this list, like I said goes on and on.  But the main fact that OCDers must know is that their loved one will be fine.

Remember, the worst that will happen is an anxiety attack.

And like I said, after 10 minutes your anxiety levels will plummet from a scale of 10 to a 5, and continue to drop from there.

Of course, by reading this you will not overcome your OCD, I am more of writing this to let you know us OCDers are out there, and you are not the only one.  This disorder is horrible, and that fact that you fear a loved one will be horribly impacted or your life is in danger due to your nonperformance of rituals makes them so so hard to discount.

But, you can get past your rituals.

Another aspect of OCD I would like to address is why we have OCD.  OCD is basically us attempting to control the scary things in life that are beyond our control.  Us OCDers are normally very loving individausl who simply don’t want bad things to happen, and that’s okay!

Also, you are not a bad person!  People who have OCD are good people!  I don’t care what crazy thought pops into your head, no matter it be killing someone, or whatever, you are not a bad person because the fact is

YOU ARE HAVING OCD AND ANXEITY ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO!

it is that simple.

A lot of people with OCD also fear that they will hurt someone because they have crazy images (obsessive thoughts) pop up into there minds about hurting another individual.  OCDers who think these things are truly fearful that that are going to injure someone, but guess what,

YOUR NOT!

A therapist once told me that people with OCD are probably the safest individuals to be around because they are the people who would never hurt anyone.

And you know why we would never hurt anyone,

BECAUSE WE ARE SO AFRAID OF IT.

You are not going to hurt somebody just because you think weird and crazy things, you would not be obsessing over something if you were not afraid of doing it, and you are defiantly not going to do it since you are so scared to.

The problem with OCDers is that we are good people, probably too good, which is why we are so afraid of doing wrong.

You will get over this.

and, when you do its going to be strange because OCD is a habit, and when you overcome your rituals you may feel a little funny because you were so used to them, but just remind yourself when that day comes, and you find yourself slightly anxious because you are lacking your rituals, that YOU ARE FREE.

No one is watching.

No one is watching you so loosen up.  I pity uptight people because honestly, no one is watching.  Other then the very few people who like me go to the mall just to people watch for social science classes not many people are focusing on what you are doing.  At the stop light sing your heart out cause honestly who cares who hears you, whether your voice be bad or good, roll your windows down and embrace the fact that you don’t care who hears, because who are they to judge.  If you fear wearing heels then I think you should wear them.  Are you afraid you are walking funny?  So what, who cares, no one is watching.  And if people are, what does it matter, do you really think they are going to sit down with their family at the dinner table and describe how horribly you walked in your heels?  I don’t think so.  People need to stop fearing what others think of them.  I want everyone to dance like no one is watching.

Good People

If you can start the day without caffeine; If you can get going without pep pills; If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains; If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles; If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it; If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time; If you can forgive a friend’s lack of consideration; If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when,    through no fault of your own, something goes wrong; If you can take criticism and blame without resentment; If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him; If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend; If you can face the world without lies and deceit; If you can conquer tension without medical help; If you can relax without liquor; If you can sleep without the aid of drugs; If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed or color, religion or politics; then, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog.

“unknown”

Certain people

There’s just something about certain people; they are so candid.  Take a picture of them and they glow, Pose them and the fall like toy soldiers.  They are those spur of the moment kinda people.  Like free birds they fly around and they always seem to find shelter when it rains.  They never worry, they never have to run, time keeps changing, but they always stay the same.  Capture them in the moment and you can see thier soul.  I don’t know where the hell there souls come from, but I love those kinda people.  The funny thing is though, they intimidate me, and no matter how much Id love to get close to them, I become to hypnotized by there intoxicating presence that I shut my mouth and stand off.

If you understand what I am attempting to describe then I recommend the book Silent Power by Stuart Wilde.

Make it right

It is easier to let go of the past when you know you have done all you can to make things right.  If you can not make things right, as least you can say you tried.

“All I want to do is clear the air, whether or not it needs to be cleared, I will not let dust accumulate.”

Just because an issue is old news, if you can explain yourself, if you can apologize, even if it does not make a difference, even if it doesn’t matter anymore… its still better then letting old forgotten things sit up in the attic.  Just because they don’t mean anything there is still not reason to let them sit for years.  Recycle, put everything you own to good use.  Donate, salvage, reuse them.  Sometimes something beautiful will become of these things, sometimes nothing will become of them.  But at least you can say you tried.

Get Drunk

One should always be drunk.  That’s all that matters; that’s our one imperative need. So as not to feel Time’s horrible burden one which breaks your shoulders and bows you down, you must get drunk without cease.  But with what? With wine, poetry, or virtue as you choose. But get drunk.  And if, at some time, on steps of a palace, in the green grass of a ditch, in the bleak solitude of your room, you are waking and the drunkenness has already abated, ask the wind, the wave, the stars, the clock, all that which flees, all that which groans, all that which rolls, all that which sings, all that which speaks, ask them, what time it is; and the wind, the wave, the stars, the birds, and the clock, they will all reply:  “It is time to get drunk!  So that you may not be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk, get drunk, and never pause for rest! With wine, poetry, or virtue, as you choose!”

“Charles Baudelaire

Happiness

Back in the day people didn’t strive to be happy.
People strived to be content.
People strived to be settled.
People strived to just survive each day.

Now we all strive for happiness.

But, maybe just surviving, just being content

should make us happy…

Everyone around me seems to be searching, seeking, running, and racing towards happiness.  And everyone is trying to get there before everyone else, just so that they can say that they got there first.

I will not lie; I am running along side these people as fast as I can, trying to get there first too, as if there is not enough “happiness” to go around.

But can someone please stop for a moment and show me a map

because I am not exactly sure…

Where is happy?

Some people say that they will find happy somewhere other then here…

But where the hell is here?

Why can’t I be happy here?

And, I must also ask, if happiness is not a tangible object then how do we know if we have it or not?

Maybe we all have it right underneath noses,

Just maybe we are all basking in happiness at this very moment,

We just don’t know it

Because we cannot sense it.