These 5 Movies Will Give You the BIGGEST Life Lessons Ever!
Movies are more than just entertaining, some of them can be truly inspiring. Sometimes we learn more from a TV screen than a teacher or a textbook. Here are a noteworthy few and the important messages they carry.
1) The Pursuit of Happiness
Lesson: Hard Work Always Pays Off
Quote: You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.
No, the lesson learnt from this movie is not that Jaden Smith was an adorable little kid. This film tells the (true) story of Chris Gardner and his struggles which include being broke, sleeping on the floor of a public toilet and living in a homeless shelter with his son. Through it all, Chris never gave up or took the easy path, instead, he took up an (unpaid) internship as a stock broker and at the end of it, got the job and became a multi-millionaire investor.
2) The Shawshank Redemption
Lesson: Don’t Lose Hope – Even When Things Seem Unfair
Quote: Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Based on the novel by Stephen King, this classic film tells the story of Andy Dufresne who is sentenced to life in prison for crimes he did not commit. Even while in prison, he remains respectful of everyone, plans for his future, gets involved in things like building a library, book keeping, etc. He doesn’t just accept the unfortunate hand he’s dealt with and so he fights and eventually wins.
Lesson: People Matter More than Things
Quote: That might sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most.
A grumpy old man, a cute kid, a talking dog and a floating house – this movie has it all. The movie shows us the importance of people over things in two ways. First, when Carl (lead character and above-mentioned grumpy old man) feels like he failed his wife because he did not take her on an adventure, he sees that she found their life together as an adventure. On realising his wife’s message, Carl decides to throw away prized possessions in order to save the little boy. In the end, we see how choosing people (however annoying they might seem) can bring you more happiness than materialistic things.
4) The Lion King
Lesson: Don’t Run Away from Responsibilities
Quote: Remember who you are.
Now here’s a movie we all love and can watch over and over again. Even the manliest of men can admit that they teared up when Mufasa died, leaving poor little Simba alone and guilty. After Simba runs away and attempts to start a new life, we see how he eventually returns to save the entire animal kingdom and reclaims his place as the rightful king.
5) The Bucket List
Lesson: Live Life to the Fullest
Quote: Have you found joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others?
Like this movie, you don’t have to wait till you’re on your deathbed to do the things you’ve dreamed of. The Bucket List shows us that it’s never too late to make a friend and have an adventure. Life is too short to wait for the right moment or right amount of money.
If there’s any valuable life lesson you got out of a movie, tell us which movie and what lesson in the comment section below.