It is strange how some movies can make you think and seriously review your own situation. These hidden and less than subtle messages hit you straight in the ticker. They really make you ponder about life itself.
It happens rarely, probably because I mainly watch movies with less important or real-life connections. But when it happens, it occurs when you least expect it and during the less obvious movie titles.
For me it happened when watching the iTunes release of ‘Cars 3‘. So, only a few days ago really, but might as well have walked into a glass-door as it hit me completely off-guard.
Spoiler alert for those of you who have not seen the movie, or might not even be familiar with the stories of ‘Cars‘. Yes, it is a Pixar animated movie, with many laughs and overloaded with feel-good moments. No spontaneous singing like most Disney movies, but a good family movie.
Nevertheless, Lightning McQueen has lost his driving mojo and seeks out the track where his great coach started his career. There he meets Smokey, who tries to help Lightning, who really isn’t sure what he needs help with. He’s looking for the reason he loved racing and how he gets his mojo back.
Suddenly I realised, when watching Smokey talk about how much Doc Hudson loved to train and mentor the younger Lightning McQueen. It was as if he was talking about me and my life.
I need that father figure and mentor, to put a hand on my shoulder to tell me I’m doing a great job, or gently guide me into making a change. These little conversations that helps me shape into becoming an even better father, husband, brother and friend.
Since my father passed away, I have had a void in my life. Not that we were super close or hanging out daily, but just with him being there for me. He listened, talked and guided me. It may not have helped me getting a better career or make more money, but I became a better person. It also motivated me to enjoy things in life.
It may sound like as if I do not enjoy life, but that is not the case. I love my family and friends, but I need to get acknowledgement and support. I need a mentor that will help me grow and take on the next obstacle head on, or perhaps even help guide another person through their life challenges.
Professionally, I think I have lost my way a bit, and simply needs that fatherly guidance to help me make the right decisions, and help get my confidence back. It’ll come back I know, but takes a little longer than I had hoped.
Life decisions are hard some times, and having a mentor and father figure really helps in those situations. Job sucks at times, but it is how you deal with those situations that makes you a better and wiser person. Look at Gandalf, he really had a tough time and yet looked positively at things 🙂
I often look to the sky, obviously imagining that God’s Kingdom is up there, smiling at my dad. I silently whisper for his help and guidance, and often get some signs. But, I would do anything for a hug from my dad. I miss my Doc Hudson!