Amazon Prime Video has a movie called Brittany Runs A Marathon. I watched it last night. While I’m not a runner myself, nor 30ish anymore, I will tell you that I found it a good one. Not spectacular, but thought-provoking for different reasons.
I dislike it when reviewers give the plots away entirely in book reviews or movie reviews, so I’m not doing that. But I will tell you that it made me revise my thinking or expand it and that’s what I like!
I identified with some of the experiences Brittany and the other characters go though, but in a 50ish way. The realization that Brittany was stuck in limited thinking and unhappy with her situation felt familiar. The toxic friendships and relationships that didn’t feel right anymore, but somehow she kept because they’d once worked. The desire to have help, but the stubbornness in not wanting what she deemed as pity instead of how it really was – people wanting to help her. The moment in which she takes that leap of faith and simply tries, one small goal at a time, to succeed.
I hope that I didn’t give too much away with the prior paragraph, but that you get what I mean. I think we get stuck in our ruts from time to time and it feels like it takes herculean efforts to dig ourselves out from them. We feel like it’s our fault. The blame is all on us and we have to do it ourselves because we put ourselves here. We don’t accept help, especially if/when it comes from strangers. And yet, that is how we bond and grow our tribe. When we let others in, we can grow to new levels. But first we have to see from the observer point of view that our life can improve, one baby step at a time.
What I liked about the movie is that it didn’t completely follow the Hallmark routine. There were some twists in the plot and we witnessed the ups and downs, but it wasn’t so blatant if that makes sense. I will admit that I watched it late at night so maybe I didn’t get the whole scope of its predictability. But it touched me and that’s a sign of a good movie.
Have you seen that movie? What did you think? Did you like it? I will tell you that at one point, I thought about trying to run as exercise and maybe someday I will. Running the NYC Marathon isn’t for me because I’m not a runner, but I’d think about running if it were for a sale at Saks! LOL