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“The Art of Getting By” (movie): The Illusion and Purpose of Life

This is going to be a long post. So, for all you peeps of the 21st century who are in a constant rush, I am going to break it up into 2 parts.

I started watching The Art of Getting By Gavin Wiesen, and just one minute into the movie I liked where it was going.

The movie commenced with the quote “We live alone, We die alone. Everything else is just an illusion.” This bold declaration was then followed by a challenging question from the protagonist: why then spend so much time conjugating French verbs or figuring out how to find the square root? According to him, there are better things to do with his time.

Coincidentally, I’ve been asking similar questions. We are all caught up in what we are supposed to do. Wake up in the morning, eat 3 meals a day, go to school or work, do what they say, finish your assignments, work, work, work, because after all, it is good for you, whether you like it or not. And then? Spend your afternoons with people snapchatting your social life, eat dinner, finish any pending work, brush your teeth, go to bed, and repeat. That is life. Bonus points if you wore cool clothes or went to a fancy restaurant.

But what if you love art and want to paint every hour of the day that you are not eating or sleeping? Just because it does not follow a school’s system, or will not necessarily get you an office job, should you not do it?

But if you are willing to work on it with dedication and passion, does it matter? If it gives you joy, then that is the end of the story, right? Of course, we need to pay rent, quiet our rumbling stomachs, and have a relatively normal life. So is it not possible to do something different and still pay the bills? Perhaps no bonus points of fancy restaurants. But instead, you get to live a life you love.

So find a way to spend the time between living and dying in the way you want. Because everything else is an illusion.

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