This is the second part of the six lessons I learned from going to the cinemas last Wednesday. You can read the first part of the blog post here.
Here are the two remaining lessons that will stick with me for the rest of my life.
5. Enjoy being part of the crowd
For a very long time, I was uncomfortable being in a crowd because I always worried about fitting in. I always worried about how I looked, what I wore, or how I acted.
I always worried about what other people thought or said about me. I always felt as if all eyes were on me.
The only times I enjoyed being in a crowd were the times I was the one being watched by the crowd like when I was a speaker or the worship leader at church.
I hate to admit it, but all the praises and kind words I received since I was young got into my head. You won't hear me bragging about them, but I become very conscious in front of other people. I always wanted to impress and I didn't want to look silly.
But last Wednesday at the cinemas, seeing so many people excited for the movie, I realized that the world doesn't revolve around me (finally). The people were at the cinemas to watch Kenshin, not me. They were there to have a good time and not to look at what I was wearing or how groomed my hair was.
For the first time in my life, I enjoyed being in the crowd, being excited with the crowd, waiting for the movie with the crowd, being silly with the crowd, and having fun with the crowd.
For the first time in my life, I wasn't worried about what I wore or how I looked. I wasn't even worried about looking silly. And that's the story of this photo with these cosplayers:
I wasn't worried about people laughing at me. I wasn't worried about people saying, "They're not the real thing." I just wanted to have fun. I just wanted to experience something new — to have my picture taken in a public place!
I also didn't have my picture taken just to have something to post on Facebook. I did it to prove to myself that I was no longer worried about what other people might say.
Just like my experience in the cinemas, we're not any better or any worse than the people in the crowd. Stop worrying about what other people might say or think about you. Just enjoy being part of the crowd. Go with the flow. Experience the world with them.
Yes, you are special. But so are the other people in the crowd.
6. Always Try Something New
Another reason why last Wednesday's movie experience will be memorable for me is because it was the first time I had my picture taken with cosplayers. It was even the first time I had my picture taken in public!
Like what I said in number 5, they're not the real thing. They're not the real actors or actresses in the movie. But as an anime lover, it was just fun to have a photo taken with them.
But more than that, I loved the experience of approaching them (which took me twenty minutes before I was able to muster the courage), looking silly in the crowd, and trying something new.
You can call it shallow, but I really grew from that experience. Now, I'm not afraid to try new things in my life even if I look silly. If looking silly is the only way for me to experience the world, then so be it.
Besides, no matter how shallow something may seem, you won't really know it until you try it.
Always try something new in your life Don't be afraid to look silly. That's the only way you can have a wonderful and memorable movie experience. That's the only way you can live a full and amazing life.