“Little people have little minds” – Life Magazine
We all imagine our lives to be bigger and more meaningful at some point in our existence. The film or rather be it perhaps the 1930’s short story of the same name ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ gives this exact impression of which we all consider, that our lives just aren’t that much. However the story also does point out that when we look at it in another way, our lives mean oh so much more.
After recently seeing the film I came out considering all of this. I thought about what I’ve done, what I’d like to do and promised myself to never fall flat of my ambitions and dreams. Yes this story of a man who daydreams has meant so much to me and made me reflect on, well, life. I took a serious thought in what we all do and how much we all mean to the world and one another. I reflected on myself and how much more I wanted to do more so I reflected on 2013. I’ve already felt that I haven’t done quite as much as I wanted to through 2013 and as we quickly transition into 2014 I want that to change.
In reflecting you can come away with so much. I want to do more photography. Seeing the beautiful images in Walter Mitty made me realise how much I missed the eye of photography. I realised how much at one point it meant to me in capturing but also seeing other work. Instantly seeing that contact sheet with all the negatives it hit me, I need to pick up my camera more. I need to experiment more. I realised that love I had of sharing such a beautiful spectacular thing I’d seen and felt shouldn’t be hidden. Through the photography it made me realise how much I’d neglected all my film work as well. 2013 has been a downsize in film work for me due to other pieces of work getting in the way.
2014. More writing. With this blog I’ve pushed my writing to gain new abilities. As only having a background in storytelling and having never considered blogging before I jumped in at the deep end, throwing myself into some writing processes straight away. 2014 will be filled with pushing boundaries. I’m currently planning out my first feature length script I’m writing. I have a small black book bursting with crazy ideas for stories and characters. I have so many ideas I look back on 2013 and think “how did I miss it?”
It’s truly amazing to walk away from anything in this world and feel inspired and the story of Walter Mitty did that for me. So really what I’m trying to say (and going back to the title of the peace) is that in a way we are all our selves in a ‘secret life.’ We all want to strive forward to do better, to push more and see what’s next. We are all in a secret life of Walter Mitty. We can all be inspired by something or inspire other from what we do. We are all The Secret Life of [Enter Name Here]