We recently watched Charlie Bartlett. It was unusually done - with some different camera angles, quirky characters, and unexpected turns. (I like it when I can't anticipate a movie's every move.)
It has a great message, basically that each of us is responsible for our own experience.
The climax really hit home for me. (I'm not really giving much away, although this IS the climax. So if you want to see it, and you think this might ruin it for you, stop reading. :) During this scene, Charlie Bartlett realizes his dream of becoming the popular, well-regarded teen in high school. As he starts the speech he's rehearsed in front of the mirror many times, he stops. And what comes out is different from what he's rehearsed.
My name is Charlie Bartlett. There's one thing I want you guys to walk away with tonight... ...Uh, it's that you guys don't need me. I really mean it. You think I'm any less screwed up than you are? I get up every morning, and I look in the mirror, and I try and figure out just where I fit in. And I draw a complete blank.
You guys are looking to me to tell you what to do? You need to stop listening to me. Stop listening to the people telling you who you should be. And stop listening to the people that are telling you you're not good enough to do the things that you want to do. You guys have all the answers.
That just really struck me. Honestly, there are days I wake up, and I don't know where I fit. Other days, I feel I'm right where I want/need to be.
Is it just me? Does anyone else question where he/she fits in?
The other message I liked was the idea that we have all the answers. Stacy talks about this in her "that's crap" post about outsiders telling VAs how to run their businesses. How many customers and clients tell us how we should be running our businesses? How many friends and family members tell us how to run our lives?
We have the answers. We just have to trust.