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What I Wish I Was Doing

by Lilly Quaid, Visuals Editor

photo by Mia Thompson

 

Something I’ve recently discovered about myself: my mood is directly correlated with what I watch. I don’t know if this is the case for any of you, but if it is–weird right? The themes of what I watch rubs off on me, and that has the potential to be both good and bad.

For instance, sad movies can stick with me for a few days, maybe even a few weeks. (Nicholas Sparks is my arch nemesis). A while ago I tried watching a movie called “6 Years” and damn, that shit got real. It was mostly just following the life of these two kids in college who had been dating for–you guessed it–6 years. It was just really real raw emotions and I couldn’t finish it. BUT I’ve been in a great mood recently, so I’ve been binge watching “Friends” for the second time and the occasional episode of “Futurama”, though that show is watched by me through happy and sad times.

Another thing I do when I watch movies or shows is pick up some traits of certain characters and get in the mindset of “if they can do that I can too”. Today before school, I watched an episode of the show “The 100” and my mindset has been “I will survive,” even though I’m not facing any problem that challenges my survival… It can be a pretty gnarly process. I mean, sometimes it makes me more strong-willed or more empowered, like it did after I watched “Syrup”. The female lead in that movie is a kick ass CFO who hires a man to help her with advertising. She is independent and powerful and damn, she makes me want to wear high heels and kick ass.

Let’s see light-hearted movies now. So, one of my all time favorite go-to’s for happy day movies is, of course, comedies. One that I watched recently for about the third time was the movie “That Awkward Moment” with Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller. It’s always funny, casual, life lesson-y movie. Plus, Zac Efron is in it and that definitely does not hurt. Miles Teller is one of my favorite people though, I’m not going to lie. He was in the movie “Whiplash” which got AMAZING reviews, but I have yet to see it because it looks rather intense but it’s definitely on my list.

I’m going to try to get over that and be able to branch out more. But, I’ve just been so so happy, and I don’t want to risk it. So, that just leads to happy movies and a happy life! All the movies I suggested (“the 100”, “6 Years”, “Friends”, and “Syrup”) can all be found on Netflix, but I always have to rent “That Awkward Moment” from Amazon Prime… 🙂