Reality: It Really Can Be a Wonderful Life

“Strange isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” –It’s a Wonderful Life

The guy running through the airport to tell you he loves you and begging you not to get on the plane. The father you never met being the prince of some foreign country that needs a princess. The prince trying a shoe on every girl in his kingdom after dancing with you once.

We love to escape the doom and gloom of our day to day routine; the people who don’t really love us, the job that doesn’t satisfy us, the negativity that surrounds us everyday. We, as humans, love musicals, novels, songs, movies, poems, art – anything that shows us that there can be more. That makes us feel something. Anything.

I believe this is especially true for artist types: the creative ones who want “something more than this provincial life.” We want to feel everything, to not leave a word unspoken, to not let an experience pass us by – to really live and to really love. In reality, we want it all.

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However, in real life, the guy doesn’t chase you through the airport to tell you he loves you and begs you to not to get on the plane. In real life, the father you never met isn’t the prince of some foreign country that needs a princess. In real life, the prince doesn’t try a shoe on every girl in his kingdom after dancing with you once.

In real life, you get up every morning and take care of yourself and work and play and love with all of your heart and hope you make a difference in the world. Even if it’s your small piece of the world. You dance and kiss and read and make art; hoping someone else feels something too.  In real life, the person you love more than anything gets on the last plane out of Casablanca with their spouse.

Sometimes; however, just sometimes, Clarence the angel, comes and shows you what the world would be like without you. Every action, every word, every single thing we do affects those in our lives. To have one true, honest person love you no matter how much of arrogant fool you are and to have a full house: spouse, kids, dog and your own business; that could be reality and it really can be a wonderful life.

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