Happy 2011! I can’t believe that 2010 is long gone and we are starting a new year. Time really flew by in 2010. As we reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to the beginning of a new year, I wanted to reflect on an important idea.
I was watching the Dead Poets Society the other night and while I’ve seen the movie before, I had forgotten the story and the feeling and meaning behind it. It really isn’t something you should forget; it’s something you should live every day. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, it is about a group of boys at a prep school and their new English teacher, Robin Williams. The teacher encourages his students to exercise free thinking and going against the status quo. The drastic difference between the way the students had been living their lives and their new way of thinking forever changes all of them.
The overarching theme of the movie is about being free. Being free to think, free to believe, and free to be you, whoever that is. I think this is something we generally, as people forget sometimes. We consciously or unconsciously try to blend in, because to be different is to be abnormal. When it comes to weddings and events this concept also applies. As a event planner and designer I feel that similar to what we strive for our clients, we need to be who we are. It isn’t about trying to be different just to be different, but to be you. I feel like as an industry, we can forget to be individuals. But being an individual is what really makes us great. Like our couples, we are all different and we shouldn’t try to be the same. We need to be honest and celebrate our differences because in the end we will connect with the clients who most match our philosophies and style allowing us to build great relationships.
One of the famous lines in the movie is when the teacher tells his students to, “make your lives extraordinary”. We should all be striving to live our lives to the fullest every day and to be extraordinary. This is one of my many new years resolutions. Life is short, so we need to really live it because you only get one shot. Carpe diem and I wish you a happy, healthy and freeing 2011.