Jan 29, 2010

On my way to work each morning, I tune in to 1410 Wing FM to listen to Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. Today was no exception. Except today, Colin was not in, and he had Eric Kuselias stepping in for him. He started the show off by talking about the Pro-Bowl and how people are pist off about it because it is this Sunday instead of the Sunday after the Super Bowl. He further went on to say that it may or may not be the best resolution to making this event interesting, but also noted that people complain about it, but also don't offer up a better alternative. Furthermore, he raised a very intriguing question that I have decided to ponder in today's blog.

What are you for that other people are against?

I think this is a great topic for discussion. I spent the day thinking about some ideas about what I am for that those people in my life are generally against. I really couldn't come up with a giant list, so I'm going to go with the first idea that popped in my head as soon as the question was raised.

Q: What are you for that other people are against?
A: I like M. Night Shyamalan movies.

If that name doesn't ring a bell, he was the director of the following movies:
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Unbreakable
  • Signs
  • The Village
  • Lady in the Water
  • The Happening

He instantly became famous for The Sixth Sense movie that brought us "I see dead people" and a delightfully mind-fuck of a twist ending.

While it may be his most popular movie, the rest of his movies are solid as well. The reason I like his movies is because they all have a deeper message wrapped into them, along with the crazy, unexpected endings, that make them unique and enjoyable to watch. On the surface, people will generally dislike his movies because they go into watching them with the mindset of "oh well I'm just going to wait until the twist ending comes up and put my two cents in about how I would rather eat dog shit than watch another movie he directs." Well folks, that's really not what it's all about.

[On critics] "It's human nature. Twenty-six people love the movie, and the 27th person hates it, and the only thing you can think about is the 27th person." - M. Night Shyamalan

For whatever reason, I have found that a lot of my friends and whatnot don't really care for his movies.

"Bahhhh it's too predictable."

"Meh, that movie sucked. Stupid flowers!"

"Well duh! Everyone knew that village was not really set in the 1700's!"

"M. Night Sham-a-gay is more like it!"

Signs. Let's take Signs for example. This movie is not about crop circles and aliens invading earth. Well it is, but it isn't. It is actually about a series of coincidences that occur throughout the movie that eventually saves the world. The mom dies in an accidental car wreck...her last words are "swing away"...the little girl keeps cups of water all over the house...aliens start the invasion...the son remembers his mom's dying words...swings away on the alien...alien knocks glass of water off table and dies...the alien's weakness is discovered...humanity lives to see another day. In summary, this equates to a simple philosophy that I am a strong believer in.

Everything happens for a reason.

I think it really does. Every day of our lives is a series of coincidences that could possibly lead up to greater things. If you have ever said to yourself that you were in the right place at the right time, or the wrong place at the wrong time, this is part of everything happening for a reason. Think about anything in your life. For example, what if you would have decided to go to a different high school or college? How did you get the job you have now? How did you meet your significant other if you have one? Why are you alive? Everything happens for a reason. A lot of times, I have found that it isn't the extraordinary things that we do that seem to make a difference, but the little things that apply to this. I'll go into more detail on this tomorrow's blog, which will be the first installment of a new addition to the blog entitled The Kyle Show. Stay tuned, and have a good weekend everyone.