27 August 2011

Last Holiday: Death and Food a Perfect Combination

When I want a good laugh, a wake-up call or day dream about ordering every main course on the menu of a five star restaurant, I put Last Holiday in the DVD player. It's not only a foodie movie, but a lesson teacher, if you're inclined to be open to it. If you're unfamiliar with the film, it's the story about a southern woman named Georgia Byrd living a "not so glamorous life" (that's an understatement), as a sales associate in a department store and as closeted foodie chef at home. Then one day while at work,
she has an accident. During what was thought to be a preventative medical procedure due to the accident, she discovers she is going to die. Once shock and denial subside, that's when her living begins. I won't give anymore away except to say she crosses the pond and ends up finally playing the past she was meant to play, the leading lady of her life and others.

There is a practice of Buddism that believes that one can never truly live unless one actually knows, not theorizes (someday), that they will die and it can happen at any minute. For most of us that's extreme. But I think Last Holiday touches on that premise in comical yet a thought provoking way. It's not until she hears that she's losing the most precious thing we all have, life, that she actually starts living, and doing. You'd be surprised how her luck changes based on the basic premise that she is having the worst luck in the world!

Let's talk food. There is a great quote by Elizabeth, Queen Mother, where she stated before she died:

Wouldn’t it be terrible if you’d spent all your life doing everything you were supposed to do — didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, didn’t eat things, took lots of exercise — and suddenly one day you were run over by a big red bus, and as the wheels were crunching into you, you’d say, ‘Oh my God, I could have got so drunk last night. That’s the way you should live your life, as if tomorrow you’ll be run over by a big red bus.” 

I think that's the point of the movie, and the point of life. There are times when we should be cautious and do what we are suppose to do. I'm just starting to believe we pick caution to often, and erroneously think that taking chances are not what should do, when clearly it is. 

In the end we're SHOULD-ING all over ourselves. 

So I'll make it easy for all of us. Live your Last Holiday (figuratively please...figuratively). That's what I'm going to do, right now. HERE I COME!

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