Quick, name that movie! Here’s a hint if you didn’t get it: it’s the best in the trilogy (that’s a statement, not a question. No offense, but this is not up for discussion. Let’s just agree to disagree here and now to save us both time and heartache). In fact, it might just be the best movie from any trilogy ever, of all time, in the universe. That’s right: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I’ve had a love affair with Indiana and his final adventure (we both know the 20-year reunion follow up movie doesn’t count. It would be blasphemy to suggest as much.) since I was knee high to a grasshopper. (For the record, I am now elbow high to the aforementioned hopper that hangs out in the grass.)
And sometimes when I’m tired or cranky or stressed (what’s that? I make it look so easy? That’s so kind of you to say. You must be “selectively listening” when reading my posts), I go home and pop in the DVD.
I know every single line in the movie. I know the tone, the facial expressions, the exchanges. This movie is mine. Watching it is mine. When I’m alone, I can quote every line without fear of ruining the experience for others. I can keep the volume low. And most importantly, I can be alone with my thoughts or choose to leave my thoughts alone.
My favorite element is our hero’s skill with a whip <wink, wink>. Wait, what? Did she really just put that out there? Oh for goodness sake, get your head out of the gutter. I was just making sure you’re paying attention. I take that back. Rewind. The reason I love this movie so much is that both our hero and his father think they know what they want and aren’t afraid to work hard and chase their dreams. And adventures abound! Sure, they make some mistakes along the way (i.e. – I can’t say they’re the best judge of women), but they come through the better for their experiences.
In the last minute of the movie, when they’ve gained then lost that which they sought, Indiana asks his father, “What did you find, Dad?” to which he replies, “Me? Illumination.” I’m a pretty realistic person. I can’t say that in thru-hiking the A.T. I’m demanding a life changing experience. Sure, it will be memorable, but when it comes down to it, I sense I’ll be the same person when I’m done (if looking a little more weathered). But, let’s be real, I wouldn’t turn it down if the universe offered me some illumination. And hm, now that I think of it, it would also be awesome if the universe offered me a way to listen to the movie during my trek. Oh, and also a million dollars.
** Note: I decided to participate in Wordpress’s The Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge. The above post was inspired by this week’s theme, “Mine.” **