WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE MARTIAN by Cathy D. Slaght
Don't usually go to a "real movie"- what with Red Box, Netflix, etc, but for some reason I wanted to see The Martian.
It was fantastic. In the beginning, Matt Damon was faced with impossible odds. He was stranded on Mars, injured, with limited supplies and NO way to communicate with NASA to let them know he was alive and in need of a pick up.
It was as hopeless as hopeless could get.
I myself would probably have just eaten all the rations in one massive binge eating stress attack and gone straight to bed.
(Actually, have done that a few times, but it was on this planet.)
But not our hero. "Fuck you", Mars", he says. "I'm not dying here."
And miracles began.
Because, even "out there" he was still in the matrix. He had spoken his INTENT.
And followed with action.
In other words, he didn't just sit there picturing his rescue, although I'm sure he did plenty of that type of visualizing. It's crucial. But along with it he organized, planned, worked. He kept his sense of humor, too.
Not just when he felt inspired, but every day, against all odds.
The more he did all this, the more the "ideas" came- this was actually direct communication with the informational field that surrounds all of us. Earth or Mars, - it doesn't matter- we all have access.
Want to point out something about his injury, too. He had been impaled with a metal rod. Even though it was devastatingly painful, the rod is also what saved his life. It somehow sealed his space suit while he was unconscious on the surface of Mars.
He acknowledged the gift from the rod - which is significant.
That's because our biggest problems can also be our greatest blessings, if we can bring ourselves to look at them from that perspective.
But in spite of his positive attitude, hard work, etc, there were several devastating setbacks. You could see it on his face - he would, for a moment, realize he might really die on Mars, after all. Then he'd start over.
And he made it.
The key to survival in any situation, he said to a bunch of astronauts in training at the end of the movie, is to take it one step at a time. "If you sign up for the astronaut program", he said, "it's possible you will also go through something like this."
And that's the thing. We're all in that program. Our planet is Earth. Conditions can be hostile. We can feel abandoned, alone, out of communication.
But maybe we just need to say "Fuck you, _______, this isn't happening", make a plan, and stick to it. And sorry for the F word, but sometimes no other word will do.
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