It’s a must-watch movie for those of you who haven’t watched. I believe today is the fifth time that I watch this movie, simply because it is so inspirational, yet is wrapped in friendship, love, and laughter – a complete package of life.
If you are wondering what is wrong with your educational system, consult this movie. If you are wondering what is wrong with your friendship, consult this movie as well. If you are wondering what to do with your life, this movie also has an answer. It brings with it a universal theme throughout the world, and oh, how I laughed, cried, and smiled alongside the the characters’ journey.
I find myself laughing at this line, “That day we learned about human behaviour: when your friend flunks, you feel bad, when he tops, you feel worse.”
And how true it is!
I remember the time when my friends have low marks (or maybe failed their subjects) – I feel bad. But yeah, when my friend tops, I feel worse. It’s human nature to always want to be the first one to everything. Something that I need to learn how to dissipate my pride and ego.
So, what kind of behaviour should we have towards life?
“Pursue excellence, and success will follow, pants down.”
While some of us may study for the sake of passing exams or getting good jobs, only a few of us really study for the sake of learning. We may want to top our exams, but it may be in the wrong journey of life which is not our passion. And yeah, that’s how I have lived my life during high school.
“Most of us went to college just for a degree. No degree meant no plum job, no pretty wife, no credit card, no social status. But none of this mattered to him, he was in college for the joy of learning, he never cared if he was first or last.”
3 Idiots shows us this: Rancho never cares on what others think of him, he just makes the best of himself. While I want to walk in his footsteps and study for the joy of learning, I have to face the reality that it is not that simple. There is always my pride, my ego, my parents’ expectations and of course my worry about the future. With the ever-growing competition for getting a job, the next question is: will I ever be able to get a decent job which I’m passionate about?
I bet this is no coincidence, as Master Oogway in Kung Fu Panda says, “There are no accidents,” that I find myself talking about this with a church friend last Sunday. “In the end,” he says, “it doesn’t matter whether you have good results or not. Even those who top their exams are unable to find jobs. And when you already have a job, there is no guarantee that your boss wants to keep you in the next 6 months. Life is fragile, and God holds the key. In the end of the day, prayer is the best answer – you have to keep on praying.”
I’ll tell you a story about life. Yesterday was quite a downhill for many people that I know. Some worried about their job applications, some had problems with their families, some had problems with exams, and some – were just seeing the brokenness of life. I guess I have lived a very comfortable life that I am blinded of the area out of my comfort zone. I have been blessed with a great family, and monetary is never an issue for us. But it’s not the case for some others. And I have never really realised that ‘these people’ live close enough for me to actually see – but I wasn’t looking. I am too comfortable with my life.
While life may not be as simple as in the movies, living yours may be the best decision you ever made – as each character in this movie finally living theirs.
~”Give me some sunshine
Give me some rain
Give me another chance
I wanna grow up once again”~