ByJan Kronies, writer at

Movies are powerful. They can be fascinating and insightful, surprising and imaginative. They can make you happy and fearless, yeah, even brave, confident and courageous. Some movies are so extraordinary inspirational, they change your life forever... wait, what?

I am sitting there. On my bed. Tears in my eyes. Moments ago I was happy. The average happy. Like everydays normal portion of happiness. Meaning, I was okay. Nothing special. Just fine. But now I am crying. Watching this super sad movie. This guy is incredible. He finally made it. After so much struggle, pain and bad happenings. He pursuited something for a guy like him nearly unchievable. But he never gave up. This guy is a true inspiration. I want to be like him. Achieve something. Go out and make myself happy. Make myself the person I want to be. I never felt like this before. I feel strong and I can make it. I will start tomorrow.

No, you are not going to start tomorrow. No are not going to start right away and you are not going to start in a week, or two, not even in a month or a year. In fact, you are never going to start.


Movies can be inspirational. Yes, there are existing a couple of great inspirational movies (e.g. Amélie, Into the Wild, Akeelah and the Bee, The Shawshank Redemption to name a few ) and everyone had at least one moment, in which true inspiration infected his mind during a movie. But what does inspiration mean?

Something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create

Inspiration gives me a plan. Okay, got that. And it's true. I am still sitting there, heartbroken, but delighted. It's always the same: First you get emotional, then you seem to have an exceptional motivation. To do something. To change your life. Or to enhance your life. Just like Will Smith in his Oscar-nominated role of the homeless Chris Gardner in "The Pursuit of Happyness". Gardner never accepted his situation. He fought against it and, no matter how many times he got knocked out once again, he stood up and did everything (im)possible for a better life.

What did we do in the meantime?

Nothing. Sorry to say that, but we were and always are passive viewers of someones happiness. The movie ends and we still sit there, on our warm bed or cozy couch, or sometimes in the confortable leather seat of a cinema, still emotional impaired, because of all the sad things happenend, but much more influenced because of the good things happenend afterwards. The infection with inspiration, it is a passive process. Movies like "The Pursuit of Happyness" or - one of my personal favorites - "Amélie" spread out inspiration. You receive this piece of a powerful wonder, ready to be conceived and realized, and it may work, to those, whose focus gets captivated, to those, who are completely taken in with a bemusing slime of ideas. But does it really changes anything?


What is the next thing you do after one of those inspirational movies?

You grab your smartphone, checking your messages or e-mails, you talk to a friend, say "What a great movie" and get answers like "Yep, so awesome", you go on the toilet, because the one-liter coke effects you harder than the inspiration given to you just seconds ago, you sometimes even may take notes about your disclosed plans, but in the end you stretch your arms like on a monday morning, where everything is the same, nothing changed, no, you are at work, doing what you do, what you need to do, which is far away from the many auspicious ideas you had the day before.

A real shame.

Too often, powerful moments of true inspiration, given from adorable masterpieces of motion picture, are only short and little interruptions in someones life. Genuinely intense, but with no real affection, because your emotions caused by the movie are limited to a tiny period of time. Try to extend this time! Use your emotions. Let those emotions become the basis for a change or any improvement to your life. Inspirational movies can infect your mind and you should not fight against it. Be aware of what happens, be aware of the chance, the movie is offering you. I am not asking you to completely change your whole life, but allow a great movie to empower you with the ability to start something new, to start right away with the plan given to you. Inspiration is a perfect chance to make you happier. Don't waste this chance.

The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness

When was the last time you got inspired by a movie? Did it change anything in your life? Let me know in the comments section!

Please note I am not a native English speaker.


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