Out of Recluse
I rarely go out with anyone these days, not even with friends, but last Monday, a longtime friend and colleague invited me to a movie. It’s been years since we last went out even for coffee, and so this movie, which a lot of people are talking about, was the reason that I came out of recluse…to enjoy the simple things in life.
Kita Kita Movie Date
The movie was a romantic comedy, a little creepy in a cute kind of way, and funny and sad at the same time. It’s something that will make you feel good but makes you wish it didn’t end that way after watching it. While it was funny, I had to stifle a cry and hold back a tear too, without much success. It was undeniably a good movie to watch that’s worth your time and money. A movie that’s just perfect to watch with a friend or friends.
Let’s Sit and Talk a While
After the movie, my friend and I went to have coffee together, something that we usually do back in the days right after a long day at work. Somehow, we just got too busy with our lives that we hardly had time for after-work coffee, early dinner, or late afternoon runs. Yeah, life took over and we drifted apart. We hardly even see or talk to each other. Our usual one-hour talk over lunch was reduced to just hi, hello and goodbye…or have a nice weekend! I thought that we start catching up with each other over a cup of coffee, which was a nice thing to do after so many months of being out of touch with each other.
I’ve learned to love and be happy with my own company, but happiness indeed is multiplied when it is shared. Watching a movie becomes more enjoyable when we laugh our hearts out together or laugh at each other’s faces after crying our eyes out. I enjoyed my coffee more when I shared a cup with a friend. The moment becomes a little more special and memorable when I just sit and talk a while with a friend over a cup of coffee. I’m a recluse most of the time, but when I go out, I do enjoy other people’s company as well, and definitely a good cup of coffee.
I was truly glad that I went out with a friend to watch a movie and catch up.
I Remember the Boy, but I Don’t (or Do?) Remember the Feeling
Let me go back to the movie that my friend and I went to watch together. No, I’m not going to give you a movie review, but I’d like to share with you something that conjured up a memory in me. It’s a song that was played during the movie, “Two Less Lonely People in the World.” It is used in this movie as the OST, remade and revived by KZ Tandingan. The song was originally sung by Air Supply in the 1980s.
I was still in high school then, and the song was quite popular at that time as Air Supply was. Something stirred in me, something old and deep, as I listened to the song. It didn’t make me cry though, but it conjured up a memory of a person, one who’s supposed to be locked deep in the abyss of my memory, lock and key thrown out.
I happen to get reconnected with this person a few years ago after three decades of not seeing each other. We didn’t know why we “lost” each other. We just somehow drifted apart with no apparent reason. However, even a driftwood would surely one day be washed up on the shore, and just like that, it’s either him or me who drifted back to the shore one fine day. We stumbled with each other after being apart for so long and just as anyone would do when seeing someone he hasn’t seen for a long time, we tried to catch up with each other as much as us we can for whatever time we had at that time.
We talked about the past, what happened to us all those years, and we even found it funny how “Two Less Lonely People” became “our” song when clearly we were not two lonely people at that time. It was him who brought that song up with me, although I remember it so very well too. It came to me as a surprise that he remembered after all those years. I never expected him to remember it.
We were two happy young teenagers, far from being lonely, but we chose it to be our song nevertheless. Who can blame us? We’re just two teenagers at that time…and maybe too young to fall in love or get into a relationship or decide for a song that would immortalize our love. Haha!
Despite making me feel a little bit nostalgic because of the song, that poignant memory brings me warm feelings. I would have wanted my story to have another ending, but it ended they way it should be.
Just like the movie that me and my friend watched, sometimes however lovely and beautiful your story is, one could never guess what the ending might be until you get to the last part of the movie. It is sad that we do no have control of how the story ends, but that’s how it should be.
The actor can only portray their roles as best as the script dictates, but it is the scriptwriter who determines how the story will end.
Lessons in Life, Lessons in Love
We are all actors of our own story, but only God determines our ending.
Our story may be about falling in love with the most unexpected person at the most unexpected time, and just as we think we have finally found love, only to realize that we lost it again. Tragic? Yes, life can be so unfair!
The Paradox of Love
Love makes us happy, but it can be a source of our unhappiness too. Love can get our hearts broken, but it is also only love that can mend it.