I watched the movie Rent again today for like the 20th time. It’s just one of those movies that really makes you think. It mixes all your emotions together and releases them everywhere. It makes you smile, and it makes you cry. It is just an amazing message. So basically, Rent is a one year story about a group of friends struggling to survive life, “while battling love, loss, and aids.” It’s a musical. It’s hard to watch if it’s not your thing, but it’s something I highly recommend. It WILL change your way of thinking, and at the very least, temporarily make you appreciate even the smallest things you have in life.
So, my favorite quote from the movie is, “There is no future, there is no past. I live this moment as my last. There’s only us, there’s only this. Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way. No day but today.”
“There is no future, there is no past.”
How true is this? No matter what your past holds, it doesn’t matter today. It doesn’t matter tomorrow. It doesn’t ever have to matter again. It no longer exists. And there is absolutely no telling what our futures hold, so why fear it? Why stress about something that cannot possibly be predicted? It can basically be anything you make it.
“I live this moment as my last.”
What an amazing way to live. Everyday to its fullest. Imagine if you watched the sun rise, and you looked at it like it would be your last time seeing it. Imagine how much more beautiful it would be. Or if you hugged your child like it was the last time you would feel their arms around you? Or treated people like it was going to be your last impression on them. Sunrises warm your soul, hugs from your child is the best feeling in this entire world, and good impressions last even after a lifetime.
“There’s only us, there’s only this.”
When we stop focusing on the could haves and the should haves, I believe that only then can we appreciate what is right in front of us. Things we already have. Our inner strengths. Our friends. Our families. Our health. Our blessings. “Only this” IS enough.
“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.”
Story of my life. Maybe the story of life in general. This is such a colossal statement that can be applied to basically, everything. My advice? Life is short. Always forgive. Never be afraid of love. Care for others. Believe in yourself. And try your hardest with everything you do.
“No other road, no other way.”
Life is happening. There is no way around it. There is no way to avoid it. No way to hide from it. It is unavoidable. It’s sad. It’s mad. It’s happy. It’s silly. It’s crabby. It’s mean. It’s unfair. It’s sensitive. It’s beautiful. Life is a big whirlwind of all kinds of shit, and there is no avoiding its path.
“No day like today.”
This is my favorite part. There is no day like today. Today is the only day you have to live for. Today is the only day that matters. Yesterday means nothing, and tomorrow doesn’t matter yet. It’s a beautiful reassuring truth. Live today like it’s your very last day. If it doesn’t quite work out like you planned it, guess what? Tomorrow will eventually be…..today. A clean slate. A fresh start. A brand new, “no day like today.” ❤️❤️