You know that moment in films when the music begins to swell and things start moving in slow motion and you just know something pivotal is about to happen? It’s usually when the main character just had a major makeover and fiercely struts through her high school corridors while the crowd parts, as if Moses was there, commanding the sea of people to make way by raising his gnarled staff (it WAS Moses who did this, right?). Or when the heroes get ready to take revenge on the bad guys, giving each other meaningful glances and grim smiles, and saying weird, cryptic things such as “Let’s do this,” or “It’s time.” Do what? It’s time for what? Don’t you like, need a detailed plan or something? Or when the boy finally realizes just how much he loves the girl and runs after her before she leaves for Alcoy (in the movies, it’s always to accept a new job or something monumental. Can’t a girl just take a vacation or visit her parents?). Or when the two characters meet by bumping into each other and things fall (usually books, never cellphones, because, yeah, let’s be realistic here) and they have both have to pick the things up at the same time and they stare at each other for like 2 seconds max and BOOM, they realize that they’re meant for each other.
Like this ever happens in real life.
In real life, nothing short of surgery or dressing up like Lady Gaga or a deranged version of her can make people stop in their tracks and stare at you in awe. When you are about to do something evil, you do not look cool. You look nervous as hell, that is, if you’re not a convicted felon or just possibly psychotic and the life you live isn’t that of a criminal. When you realize that the one you love was right under your nose the whole time, you actually DESERVE to be left behind, you dumbass. And when you do bump into someone so hard that your stuff (God forbid your phone!) clatters to the ground, I am sure there will be a lot of cursing involved, thus officially ending the possibility of that person ever thinking you’re the ONE.
Yes, I know these are all cliches. Yes, I know how the media has totally hyped things up to make it seem like it’s only moments like these that matter and that the more discerning consumer would know the difference between fantasy and reality. The problem is that some people find themselves starting to believe in them. They wait for the right moment for everything. They wait for the right moment to fall in love, make decisions, affect change. In the back of their minds, each step has to be monumental for it to matter and has to be accompanied by the surge of their very own OST in the background.
“Walang basagan ng trip,” you say. And sure, I agree. I succumb to these fantasies more often than I care to admit (which is always). The sad thing here is that some people (meaning me, and some friends I know) begin to forget that life isn’t measured by grandiose moments. Some lose the appreciation for things that are mundane and normal. Falling in love with someone doesn’t have to happen overnight. You don’t have to be swept off your feet in sixty seconds. There is something equally romantic in falling in love slowly, getting to know someone day by day and finding out things to love, like finding the surprises at the end of a treasure hunt.
Life decisions can be made cautiously and still have the same effect. There is something to be said about people who just make decisions on the go, but you see, these people do not rely on moments. They act on impulse, because that is what their instinct tells them to do, not because they are driven by the need to make these moments movie material.
We wait for moments to happen, when life is happening around us. When we get left behind, we find ourselves wondering where our life went. In movies, there’s a beginning and an end, peppered by exciting moments of improbable events. Life isn’t like the movies. It is fatal to think so. So play that OST in your mind (mine is Beautiful Ones by Suede) and live each second, savoring each and every moment because your life is the best movie you’ll ever see and really, you wouldn’t want to miss it.