Who doesn’t like that moment in a movie when the protagonist finally makes it; finally gets the girl, finally makes the record breaking achievement or mounts the stairs and makes that infamous victory pose? We all do. We want to know that hard work and perseverance pays off, that good things happen to those who are steadfast. It is almost as American as apple pie and baseball. Unlike in many French films, we want there to be resolution, a happy ending, a coup d’état of some sort. We want everything tied up in a bow. Unfortunately, life is not always like that. There are deep heartaches and unanswered questions. There is chronic pain and late night medicines.
So, why not take the time today to revel in a happy ending? to seize the moment and feel the triumph? To escape into another reality or, perhaps more powerfully, see your own from another perspective? Why not see yourself designed to be in a role that is unique? Why not see that, like any good protagonist,  there are turning points in your life when anything can happen? Why not see the world through the lens that everything has meaning? Albert Einstein said that  “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Take some time today as you watch one of the movies on the recommended list/s below to not only see the movie characters life from this perspective, but your own. You are not a mistake. Your diagnosis, may not even, be a mistake. What can you learn from it? How can you move from a classic French drama to one of majesty and grace? How will your story resolve to one of victory?

AFI’s 100 years, 100 cheers movie list

There are many films and documentaries that have inspired us over the years.  Though I’m sure this list will get much larger, here are a few to get you started.  For further information on each title, there is a link to the corresponding IMDB (Internet Movie Database) entry.

Documentary Productions

Bill W. – substance use disorders, peer support, and recovery

Running From Crazy – mental disorders, suicide, family support, and recover.

Of Two Minds – bipolar disorder, friends and family support, and recovery

 Film Productions

Being Flynn – behavioral health problems, suicide, homelessness, friends and family support, and recovery

It’s Kind of a Funny Story: When a clinically depressed teenager checks himself into a hospital, he discovers there’s more to life than his diagnosis.  Depression, hospitalization, recovery, impact of social support.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – the impact of trauma, friends and family support, resilience, and recovery

Silver Linings Playbook – bipolar disorder, the impact of trauma, peer support, and recovery