(Editor’s note: If you could create a movie about your life, what would that look like? Writer, guest blog contributor and stroke survivor, Isaac Peterson, explores that very question. Enjoy! KT)
My mind was just wandering again, and for some reason I wondered; when they make the movie about my life, how will it turn out?
Well, I can’t say whether someone would want to put my life up on the silver screen, but I know that if/when they do, I’d want Denzel Washington to play me, and be the star of the movie.
That’s not going to happen, so I guess I should just make my own movie about me, starring me.
Looking at my life as a movie, it’s being filmed and the script is being written every day. The cast is constantly changing but there are some major co-stars and a cast of thousands in the background. Those thousands will include all of you reading, since you’re all such an important part of my life.
I’m just sorry I can’t give you all some screen time.
In my movie, I’m not just the star–I’m the writer, director, producer, and casting director. I’m in charge of developing the plot and the general direction my movie takes.
The hard part is deciding what scenes will make it into my movie. What are the major highlights to include? What low-lights? The times I won, the times I lost, the choices I made and the opportunities I missed.
I think the first part of my movie would feature a perpetually wisecracking me when I was younger, a guitarist, journalist, a leader of men and a follower of women, all sorts of roles I’ve played through my life.
But the main focus of my movie would be surviving a major stroke, and how I used my second chance at life. I wrote once that the rest of my story will not be written for me, it will be written by me, so I’m going to make sure to write a blockbuster ending.
Maybe my movie will get reviews like the feel good movie of the year. It will if I have anything to say about it; and I have lots of say about how interesting my movie turns out.
I’m not sure though whether it would be a drama, a comedy, adventure or something else. Who knows? All I know for sure is I want to live a life interesting enough to make a great movie. I know my mom would surely go see it.
There are billions of movies being made every day, one for every single one of us, whether we realize it or not.
So, what would your movie look like?
Remember, it’s all up to you and you are the director every day. And you get to write your own script.
Isaac Peterson grew up on an Air Force base near Cheyenne, Wyoming. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he embarked on a career as an award-winning investigative journalist and as a semi-professional musician in the Twin Cities, the place he called home on and off for 35 years. He also doesn’t mind it at all if someone offers to pick up his restaurant tab. Peterson also welcomes reader comments. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.