Saturday, January 12, 2013

if you didn't believe before, you just might

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i've seen the trailer and i've been seeing and hearing a lot of quotes from the book so i was very anxious to see the film. truly, a great number of life lessons can be learned from the book so how the movie would be portrayed was very enticing and interesting.

the story is about Pi (yes, like qtπ) and how he survived being shipwrecked with an adult Bengal tiger after 227 days.  it talks about how as a young boy, he believed in three religions:  Hindu, Christianity and then, Islam.  it talks about him losing his family, and then almost losing his mind, being alone all those 227 days with only Richard Parker (the tiger's name) as a companion. it was an unlikely friendship that kept him sane, that gave him hope, that kept him believing in God, that he would be saved, if he just stayed strong.

the movie is so amazing and there are a lot of great quotes from the book, but this is my favorite:

"It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse." 

Richard Parker might not have said a proper goodbye, as he is following his true nature, but to Pi, he saw a friend who saved his life.  how many people do you know can do that?  

i owe my friends my life, my sanity.  i may not be perfect and i know i am very difficult to live with and my friends are not perfect and they are difficult to live with; but in the absence of family, they are all i have and i don't want to wait to be stranded or shipwrecked before i let them know that.  that, i think, is what Pi meant with the line above.  

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some things, some people never change, no matter how many chances you give them.  it's like they deliberately want you to stop believing,  like they deliberately want you to give up on them.