6 Lessons from Going to the Cinemas (Part One)

Last night, my brother and I went to the cinemas to watch Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers in this post. But, wow. It was an amazing movie. I can’t wait for the continuation of the movie on September!

My brother and I got to the mall an hour before the movie started. For an hour, we had to stand outside the cinemas and wait for the movie to start. That meant I had an hour to talk with my brother, observe people in the cinemas, appreciate what’s happening around me, and learn new things. And that was probably one of the most life changing hours of my life.

Just like Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, this is just part one. I will share with you the first four of the six lessons I learned today and the last two tomorrow.


1. Enjoy the simple things now

For the past week, I really struggled with writing. Writing a single article was a chore. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did before. I just didn’t feel like writing at all!

I realized that it was all because I was overworked. I was working too hard on my blog to make it grow.

And the reason why I wanted to make it grow was because I wanted to have more free time to enjoy the simple things like going to the cinemas, going out with my family, trying new things, going to new places, and meeting new people.

It’s ironic because I’m missing out on the simple things now to enjoy more of them later. And it’s a mistake we all commit. We miss out on life now thinking that we can experience a better one later.

Life just doesn’t work that way. We should learn to stop, to breathe, and to enjoy the simple things now. Because if we don’t learn to enjoy them now, chances are we cannot really learn to enjoy them later, no matter how successful we get. We will always find a reason to delay enjoying them. We will always find a reason to delay living life.


2. Be present in the moment

We enjoy watching a movie because we get to stay in the moment. When watching a movie, we leave all our troubles and worries behind and just focus on the movie. We get lost in another world.

We should also do the same thing in the real world. We should always be present wherever we are not just physically, but also emotionally. We should be totally engaged in whatever we are doing, whether it is doing a big project or just having a small talk with someone.

The secret to enjoying life is simply living it.


3. Enjoy every moment

Last night's movie experience will be a memorable one for me until I get old not just because of the movie itself, but also because of all the experiences I had: anticipating the movie, almost not being able to get tickets, arriving at the cinemas an hour early to build up the excitement even more, watching the last full show, watching the movie itself, and then walking inside the mall at past one in the morning.

It took us longer planning to watch the movie, getting the tickets, getting excited, getting to the cinemas, and going home than watching the movie itself. 

Life also works like that. The time we spend planning and getting to where we want is a lot longer than the time we spend there. That’s why we should enjoy every moment of it — the planning, the waiting, the working, the failing, the stumbling, the struggling, and finally, the getting there.

After all, “The fun is in the journey.”


4. Enjoy the relationship

Last night, I enjoyed watching the movie even more because I got to watch it with my brother. Whenever we watch movies on the big screen with our families, friends, and loved ones, it does not just become a past time. It becomes something more special. It becomes a meaningful activity of building relationships.

Just like watching a movie, your life is also designed to be experienced with other people. Your journey becomes more enjoyable and fulfilling when it matters to other people as much as it matters to you. Don’t just work on your dreams. Work also on building relationships. Live a life that matters not only to you, but also to other people.


Those are the first four lessons I learned from going to the cinemas last night.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll post lessons 5 and 6. Be sure to visit the blog tomorrow. They’re the most eye-opening lessons I learned yesterday and thus deserve to be posted on another day.


Update: Here's part two of the six lessons I learned from going to the cinemas.