Recently I went to see the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which was playing as part of a free movie series on the beach in Hermosa Beach.
If you remember the movie, Ferris’s sister Jeanie spent the majority of the day that Ferris skipped school angry, and wanting to prove to everyone that her brother was ditching…again.
Towards the end of the movie, Jeanie gets taken to the police station for making a “phony call to the police, saying there was an intruder in her house.” There actually was, as Dean of Students Ed Rooney was also trying to prove that Ferris was skipping school.
At the station, she finds herself sitting next to a thug in the form of Charlie Sheen’s early acting career.
She bitches to him that “she is so tired of Ferris getting away with everything” and she has to get stuck going to school. Charlie’s character asks her, “So why don’t you ditch school too?”
She says that she would get caught.
He then says, “So you’re pissed off because he ditches and doesn’t get caught, is that it?”
She agrees and then he replies, “So the problem is you.”
Pretty sage advice really.
Recently I was scrolling through Instagram and saw someone I know who was on a fabulous vacation. There was a tiny part of me that scoffed at the arrogance of posting such beautiful pictures (I’m kidding…a little).
“Oh gawd pu-lease with your FOMO pictures already!”
It dawned on me in that moment I was being a Jeanie.
But the reality is, just like Jeanie could ditch school too, I could easily – right in this moment, plop down some money and go to that exact same location and drink the same drink with an umbrella as my friend did in the photo. But I’m choosing not to. Right now, I have other goals.
We only see one day in Ferris’s life. He’s a smart guy and gets away with a lot on that day, or maybe even his entire senior year in high school, but he may not get away with his shenanigans as he gets older. People, like his best friend Cameron, might get over his flaky ways and Ferris could end up hurting himself in the long run.
Jeanie on the other hand may be focused, determined, and goal-oriented. She might have earned a scholarship to college and who knows, maybe became CEO of a company one day. All because she decided not to ditch school.
Obviously, we will never know the outcome of their lives, but as we all know social media is just one tiny snapshot of someone’s life.
It’s not to say my friend didn’t “earn” her trip by saving money and working hard. In fact, I think she is one of the hardest working people I know. But for whatever reason, her choice was to go on that trip, and produce jealousy-inducing Instagram photos. lol!
But most of us…most of you reading this right now, have many choices too. Some things might be hard sacrifices, like not taking a fabulous vacation because saving tons of money is more important right now.
Some of you might be needing lots of adventure and travel time right now, so saving money can wait.
I think it’s the worst feeling in the world to be “stuck” in life. But if you can somehow zoom out and see the bigger picture, you might realize that you are more in control of your life than you realize. I think it can help ease the “burden” of what you might be currently considering to be a sacrifice in your own life.
Think about it…