In The Land of Dreamers
“People love what other people are passionate about -- you remind them of what they forgot.” - Mia, La La Land
For those people who know me well, the following statement will not come as a surprise; I love people watching. I am so content sitting in the corner of a coffee shop just staring at strangers. It’s life giving to me, I write stories about who I think they are. It’s fun. Something else I love about observing people is seeing them do something that you know they absolutely love. You see their eyes light up and it’s like nothing can knock them down. They are engulfed in the pleasure of their craft and there’s something about seeing someone else do what they love that instills joy in the onlookers.
In the movie La La Land, Sebastian [Ryan Gosling] is a Jazz pianist who is desperately in love with Jazz and the rich colors of it’s history and Mia [Emma Stone] is an actress turned playwright. They meet in a few chance encounters and fall in love. I mean, how could you not fall in love with either of them? At the beginning of the movie, Mia says she hates Jazz music and Seb can’t understand why she hates it, so he brings her on a submersive experience to appreciate the true romanticism, danger, and passion that makes up Jazz culture. After a while, Mia falls in love with Jazz. She has a new found appreciation for it’s art.
Like any good romance, there’s a moment where everything falls apart. Seb becomes distant because he’s so engulfed in his job and Mia feels unloved -- they get in an argument about why he’s doing the specific job he’s doing and she asks him if he likes the music he’s playing and he says, “Why does that matter?” The argument continues and they wind up in a place where the look on his face says he’s questioning everything. She then hits him with the above quote and just leaves.
I was thinking about that because the whole purpose of the movie is to speak into the tenacity, inspiration, and hard work it takes to reach your dreams. It is so easy for us to lose our passion, but the passion of others can act as a spark in our personal darkness. We are drawn to the passion of others because it reminds us of what we’ve forgotten.
Many times, when we’ve forgotten why we started in the first place, our dreams get smaller based off the limitations we put on ourselves, and even more detrimental, God. We put Him in this human bubble where He is only capable of what we can fathom. I’m sorry, but that is so dumb. When we forget that He can do anything beyond what we can imagine, our dreams shrink. They become things that we can essentially accomplish on our own. I’ve often heard “If your dreams aren’t big enough if you don’t need God.”
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,”
We need to dream big dreams and let the passion of others stir in us a desire to pursue them. After all, the bigger the dream the more we need God and that’s only a good thing. Let’s do what we love and hope to inspire other with our joy and our passion. Let’s reach for the stars. Let’s dream so big we could never accomplish it without God. If you ask me, that’s the best way to live.