Why I want your life to be like The Great Gatsby

The new Gatsby movie. Seen it yet? Did you love it or hate it?

{Note: Saw it. Loved it. Stellar.}

A lot of critics haven't liked it. They agree that it's over the top, full of too many generously-taken liberties with the story, not quite on the mark.

To that I say, So what?

According to this article, Baz Luhrman spent three years researching this movie. He lived it. He breathed it. He learned everything he could about the times, about the story, about Fitzgerald himself to make the best movie version of this story as he saw it.

"I can say not a person on this film made a decision flippantly," Luhrmann said.

This is so crystal clear in the film - everything matters. It all is supposed to be there. And that's what I want for your life, for all of our lives.

In making Gatsby, Lurhman was deliberate about everything. He knew that people would disagree with some of his decisions, he knew critics would make arguments against his choices, and yet he made them anyway.

This masterpiece of a movie (disagree with the specifics all you want, but no one can say that it wasn't a SPECTACULAR film) was the result of a series of very thoughtful deliberate choices.

It all comes down to deliberate choices. Every day. All the time.

And that's what we're all trying to create with our lives - our very own masterpiece.

So what if your favorite sweater is ten years old and way out of fashion? If it makes you feel like the coziest person ever, WEAR IT. Unapologetically.

So what if no one understands that you'd rather spend your free time with your dog in the woods rather than hanging out in crowded bars with large groups? DO IT. Unapologetically.

So what if your family cannot understand how you ever (!) will earn a decent living being an artist? PROVE THEM WRONG. Unapologetically.

It is your life to live. Right now. And you can either live for critical acclaim from the peanut gallery. Or you can make your masterpiece.

What side of the fence do you want to be on?

**photo credit; graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching


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