*This is part of the A to Z challenge for April.
One of my favorite movies is Secondhand Lions.
It is about two old men slowly revealing how they really got their money and the wonderfully crazy ways in which they spent it. It is a great portrayal of what some people will do in order to get money from other people.
I just adore this movie on so many levels, but there is one part that I think about the most often. It is really inspiring to me and makes me think about life.
At risk of this being a spoiler, I will say spoiler alert. I don’t think it is a spoiler, but be warned.
The movie ends with one man saying, “They really lived” and the other man repeating the same words. But it wasn’t just mimicking.
The first man said, “They really lived,” emphasizing the reality as though favored story book characters suddenly walked out of the pages.
The second man said, “They really lived”, emphasizing both reality and living. The words were the same, but he is saying, ‘they lived a meaningful life full of everything life should be full of.’
This simple six word dialogue between the men is one that inspired a part of my book series.
Is it better to live a long, peaceful and quiet mundane life, or is it better to really live for a short period of time? Do you have to choose between the two?