Monday, September 22, 2014

The Magic of the Written Word

By Claire Enos

Today, because I didn't have time to write something new, I thought I'd post something I wrote a little over a year ago on my personal blog. I hope you enjoy!

Some say Chick Flicks are overrated, and that they are "the supidest things ever." They hold no value in the world, and are nothing but the romantic imaginings of singles who have nothing better to do but to live through the lives of characters in movies. Then of course, there are the girls who enjoy a good chick flick for exactly that same reason. They want to get away from their relationships which are going no where, or from their non-existent relationships. Chick Flicks help them feel better about themselves. 
I don't agree with either side. They aren't stupid movies, and they aren't just there to escape reality. Because honestly? There's no way you're ever going to forget you're single or your relationship is going nowhere if you are sitting around watching romantic movies all the time. That's like trying to ignore a box of cereal by eating it. 
So then, what's the value of a chick flick? What's the use? Does it have a purpose? 
Well, obviously it serves a purpose, but it's not what most people think it is. I just finished watching 27 Dresses. Did it help me forget that I am single? No, it definitely reminded me: painfully. But it also reminded me of something more important than the fact that I am still single. It reminded me that love is worth it. That love isn't exactly a myth (though sometimes I like to believe it is), and that one day (if I'm really lucky) I'll find a love like the one I deserve. Not because I am me, because I personally don't deserve it, but because I am a daughter of God. I am meant to be like my Heavenly Mother up in heaven. I was born to be a Queen and God alongside a Son of God, who is meant to be a King and God alongside me. We are meant to be partners. Help Mates. Equals. 
When I watch Chick Flicks, they remind me that there is someone out there. I will most likely run into him by accident. I won't know what the future holds, because that isn't in the cards. My life will get better. Life always gets tough right before the grand finale. 
Books and movies are important because they remind us of this. Of the struggles of life. They keep pushing us through. So, if I seem lost in my own little world: it's not because I'm trying to escape reality (because that is impossible). It is because I am coping the best way I know how. Through the written word, and dramatic interpretation of life itself. 
Perhaps that's why I want to write for a living. So that I can provide that little bit of a push that someone else in my shoes needs. That dose of reality administered not through life, but through the pages of a book or the scenes in a movie. 
That is my role in this world. And I hope to one day rock at it.

<3Claire

You can find the original post here, including a song I posted at the end that I felt like sharing.

4 comments:

  1. I loved that movie...thought it was adorable. My only issue with chick flicks is they are getting to sexed up if you know what I mean.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! I am very careful about what chick flicks I watch, and try to only buy the ones I would be comfortable with my future daughters watching. Thanks! <3Claire

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  2. Thank you for sharing these great insights, Claire. I especially like this part: "... because I am a daughter of God. I am meant to be like my Heavenly Mother up in heaven. I was born to be a Queen and God alongside a Son of God, who is meant to be a King and God alongside me. We are meant to be partners. Help Mates. Equals. "
    You are magnificent. hugs~

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    1. You are most welcome Kari! I am glad you liked it! I haven't actually read it since like last year when I wrote it, but I tend to write best when I am going through something painful, so apparently I had some powerful insights haha. Thanks!!! <3Claire

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