REEL LIFE: Back to the Future

REEL LIFE- Life lessons from the movies

One of my favourite movies of all time is Back to the Future(1985), in fact, I love the entire trilogy and in my opinion is one of the best trilogies of all time, and because the story comes full circle and everything ties up. For the uninitiated, BTTF is about Marty McFly, a 17 year old whose life is dim and depressing with the only Brightside being his beautiful girlfriend. He has a friendship with Doc Brown, an eccentric inventor whose spent his entire family fortune on inventions that didn’t work , until he makes a time machine out of a DeLorean. Marty goes back in time and accidently stops his parents from meeting, now he has to fix it, without creating any other ripples, or literally be erased off from history.
Aside being a great movie filled with Adventure,Romance,Suspense,Action , great chase sequences, unforgettable dialogue and a magnificent score, BTTF is also very insightful. It has a philosophical side to it, about how the choices we make and the actions we take affect our future. Established in the first movie and tied up in the 3rd, we learn that Marty has a short fuse and his buttons can be easily pushed. Call him a chicken and he’s fixing for a fight. This lack of self-control on Marty’s part led him to make choices which affected not only his future but that of his entire family.From having the potential to become a rock star he ended up a working stiff up to his eyeballs in debt. Ofcourse that was fixed, and in the third film, he had grown as a character and learned not to allow others push his button, and he lived happily ever after.

Now, while this is a fictional character, it does apply to real life. Many of us just do things on impulse, and while that may save from the paralysis of analysis, it does not often take in the consequences that come with certain actions;

A guy sleeps with a girl he doesn’t love,his plan is hit and run, chop and clean mouth,he gets her pregnant, and soon a marriage neither of them planned for is arranged, all because they wanted a few minutes of fun, they go on either feeling trapped and resentful,one of them may eventually leave, and that kid could grow up in a loveless/broken home and be affected for life.

Someone annoys a lady; she slaps the person, damages a coronary nerve and blinds the person, all because of pride(i will show you!, How dare you)!.

A man invests in a business because it involves a big pay off, but also cuts corners and has to be done off the books, business goes pear shaped, he loses the money, which he borrowed, his blood pressure goes up.

A friend points out a bad habit you have , you rant and insult the person and end the friendship, this is the third time, and soon, nobody wants to be around, because it’s like trying to navigate a minefield. You keep your ego, but loose those that really want to see the very best in youand wont sugarcoat the truth.

Life is all about choices, and with each choice come results(+ve) or consequences(-ve). We live with the choices we make , whether it’s a public figure whose promiscuous past comes back to hunt them, and they loose all credibility, loose the career, the respect of their kids and maybe their spouse leaves them. The seeds they planted carelessly or without thought in the past, grow into trees that block the sun from their life.

Ok, I may have gone off topic a little, but the point is, unlike Marty, we don’t have a time machine to go back and repair the mistake of our past, and we wont have one to fix the bad choice we make now. All we have is the present, and we should do the best and the wisest we have with it. Sometimes it’s not a question of if something is wrong or right, but if it’s wise, in light of the future we want to have.


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