Thursday, June 7, 2012

Shaking the dust from my feet...

...kinda like that feeling when you slam shut a really good book that took you forever to read with a victorious smile...
I've finished my last course, high school is officially (well, officially comes Sunday when they put the piece of paper in my hand) over. Sometimes, things take so long that you never realize they'll eventually come to an end, and then the end sneaks up on you, and it's kind of . . .
Strange. But wonderful.
And all that's running through my head is the last scene from Hawking (you know, this movie that I mentioned a few posts back?).
And in this last scene, Stephen, the main character has just won a major victory, one that was a long time coming. And another character, his fiancee Jane, takes a deep breath, and asks him, "So what now?"
His reply: "I am going to eat creme brulee and a huge number of chocolate truffles, and try very hard to make you see how wonderful Wagner is, and how Brahms is not so wonderful."
Okay, so this sounded more profound in my head. But, in short, he's saying, I'm going to do all of the silly, enjoyable things I have been wanting to do, but have not had the time to. I'm going to do what I want to do.
I'm going to do what I want to do.

And then the other character pulls the main character's feet back down to the ground and says, "I meant with work!"
Meaning: No, seriously, what are you going to do?
Frankly? That one's still a question mark, at the moment, and one that I'm working on answering, believe me. For now, I'd like a chocolate truffle.
And Stephen's next line is significant, as well.
"I believe in the possible. I believe, small though we are, insignificant though we may be, we can reach a full understanding of the universe. You were right when you said you feel small, looking up at all that out there. We are very, very small; but we are profoundly capable of very very big things."
And then, looking out, a little defiantly, at everything in the universe at once, he says, grinning, "Can you hear me?"
Can you hear me?

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