Lately thoughts about life have been creeping in my mind.. about my own mortality. Sometimes thinking about such things makes me .. sad and a bit scared. Because life has a finality..
While roaming around a book fair, I stumbled upon a children’s book whose main subject is about the cycle of life. It’s Tuck Everlasting.. and I got it only for $2.oo.
The book was a comforting read.. It’s a light read but offers a different perspective about living and death and which such simpleness ( one of the charms of children’s books) that it somehow makes me appreciate living more.
Then I found out there was a movie.. I must say.. the movie is really nice. It’s a bit different from the book maybe because it’s supposed to be for a much older audience. but their central theme is the same.
here is an imdb summary: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283084/plotsummary
“Tuck Everlasting is the story of a girl named Winnie and a family who she meets, the Tucks. The Tucks have a secret, they’re immortal.They drank water from a spring that was actually a fountain of youth. Till the end of time, they will stay that way. Winnie falls inlove with one of the Tucks, Jesse, a “17” year old boy who shares the same feelings for her. Scared of death, Winnie must choose between being immortal and being with Jesse or following the circle of life and dying someday. The Tucks try to teach her how she shouldn’t fear death, how they would give anything to die. It teaches the importance and understanding of life and death. “
Here is a clip.. my most favorite scene in the whole movie. It was right after winnie found out about the magic spring and tuck was trying to make her understand why it must be kept a secret.
Don’t be afraid of death. Be afraid of the unlived life.
I like this point of view…I find it comforting…and as the narrator in the movie put it… you don’t have to live forever… you just have to live!
The book also have pretty good lines along that subject.. this is the same scene as the clip… tuck and winnie in a row boat talking on the river… these are all angus tuck’s lines from the book.. I just picked out the onesI really liked to share…
Know what that is all around us Winnie? Life. Moving, growing, changing, never the same two minutes together. This water, you look out at it every morning, and it looks the same, but it ain’t. All night long it’s been moving ……
It goes on, to the ocean. But this rowboat now, it’s stuck. If we didn’t move it out ourself, it would stay here forever, trying to get loose, but stuck. That’s what us Tucks are, Winnie. Stuck so’s we can’t move on. We aint part of the wheel no more. Dropped off, Winnie. Left behind. And everywhere around us, things is moving and growing and changing. ….
Being part of the whole thing, that’s the blessing. But it’s passing us by, us Tucks. …
If I knew how to climb back on the wheel, I’d do it in a minute. You can’t have living without dying. So you can’t call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road…
Listen Winnie, it’s something you don’t find out how you feel until afterwards…..
can you imagine? All the little ones little forever, all the old ones old forever. Can you picture what that means? Forever? The wheel would keep on going round, the water rolling by to the ocean, but the people would’ve turned into nothing but rocks by the side of the road. ‘Cause they wouldn’t know till after, and then it’d be too late….
Isn’t that nice?
I’m really inspired by this.. it makes me happy to be alive, well, growing and changing with time…
It definitely changes my thoughts on my own mortality…