Thursday, June 3, 2010

Day 154 - Sequels

Iron Man 2, Sex and the City 2, Shrek Forever, all suck. I haven't seen any of them, but I'm tellin' ya, they suck.

"Hey, Doug... if you haven't seen the movies, how do you know they suck?"

Because sequels suck. The exception that proves the rule is, of course, Empire.

"Was that really a sequel? I mean, it was really just the second movie in a trilogy, right?"

Uh, no... there wasn't a trilogy until Empire rocked the box office. When it was made, awesomely, it was a sequel.

The thing is, sequels are transparent, and sometimes pathetic, attempts to recapture the magic of what was. But the magic that was is like a smoke ring... you can't capture it. And you sure as hell can't recreate it. Magic is, well, magic. It can't be quantified. It can't be replicated. It is, and then it's not.

We've all had some great experiences, the awesome vacation, the a legendary party, the relationship that just worked. And I bet we've all tried to repeat the awesome vacation, but it wasn't nearly as awesome. And we've tried to relive the legendary party, and it just wasn't the same. And we've tried to recreate the relationship that worked once, sometimes with the same person, sometimes with a doppelganger.

"Oh dude, I hear ya, bro. I met this girl at this party when I was on spring break in Cabo. She was AWESOME!!! Went back the next year, and saw her, sober, and she wasn't hot at all."

Don't you have tables to bus?

Vacations end. Parties break up around 2a. And relationships end, one way or another. And at those moments, the magic is gone.

Part of being aware is recognizing the present moment, and understanding that moments are fleeting. They are here, to be enjoyed, savored, and then they are gone... forever.

Don't waste your time trying to recreate what was. That's just living in the past.

Be glad that you were lucky enough to experience that wonderful moment, but understand that it is gone, and irrelevant.

Look forward, and keep your eyes open for the next wonderful moment.

Good running,
Doug

Numbers: 1.3 miles on grass inside the track at practice. And big kudos to Chloe for making it over the hurdle. You made my day!