It’s almost like the universe was trying to give me subtle clues all my life to lead me to this point. Here’s the episode of a Kid’s TV Show I was on when I was 11. Not only was it called CLOCKwise and themed around TIME, but it was hosted by the multi-talented Darren DAY.
“Everything you love turns to dust,
You’d make more of it but you felt rushed,
By all that’s periphery,
You held tight, but on the contrary,
The trick to life is not to get too attached to it,
The trick to life is not to get too attached to it”
A catchy tune with possibly the deepest and most useful lyrics you’ll ever hear.
“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.” ~ Tyler Durden
“On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.” ~ Narrator
“The things you own end up owning you.” ~ Tyler Durden
“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your f***ing khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.” ~ Tyler Durden
I know this is breaking the first and second rules, but I feel I must give this movie a mention.
When I first saw Fight Club at the cinema in 1999, I didn’t properly get the message. I just thought it was clever and cool and entertaining, which it totally is.
Years later, I realised how it’s a very well-done attempt at violently waking people up. As shown in the movie, the nameless narrator lives in an emotionally-blunted slumber, as a slave to the wage who is preoccupied by stuff instead of things that actually matter (like human connection). I would guess at least one person reading this right now can relate to that in some way.
p.s. The irony is not lost on me that I have a link to buying something when I’m advocating fewer possessions.
“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life”
I’ve liked this song ever since I saw a live performance on TFI Friday almost 20 years ago back in October 1997 and I bought it the next day at work (I was a Saturday boy at a local record store – shout out to my Our Price family!). Within a week, I’d accumulated the entire Green Day back catalogue and I had learned to play this song fairly well on my acoustic guitar. They are still one of my favourite bands to this day.
Those lyrics have proven so true for me in the years since!
“You’ve got to grind, grind, grind
At that grindstone
Though child’ood slips like sand through a sieve
And all too soon they’ve up and grown
And then they’ve flown
And it’s too late for you to give”
The turning point for Mr Banks in Mary Poppins is when Bert manages to get through to him. The change in the man is amazing afterwards. I see so much of myself in pre-epiphany Mr Banks and Bert, as they represent being not aligned with TMTWGR and being aligned with TMTWGR, respectively.
The companion movie called Saving Mr Banks demonstrates how the main message was always about Mr Banks as opposed to Mary Poppins. Definitely worth a look.