If you haven’t seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty yet, I recommend that you do. It’s a great movie that tells about how Walter Mitty tries to save his and his coworker’s jobs at Life Magazine by taking the chance to go around the world to find the thing that they need to do it. It turns out to be an adventure of a lifetime that is more than he, or anybody else, could dream of. It got him out of his comfort zone and changed his life and the lives of some of those around him.
The message behind this movie is to not live life as a thing to go through and dream of having a different life, but to actually take some opportunities and go do something with it. We shouldn’t sit by and waste our lives, wishing it was something else or that if this thing happened to us that our lives would be better. We need to take the opportunity to turn into someone who we want to be and make it to the place where we want to be. We don’t have to wait for something to fall in our lap that will supposedly change our lives, be stuck in a rut, or be bored with the way our lives are going.
There is a whole year’s worth of opportunities in front of us that we can take advantage of. It’s another year to do something different with our lives that we couldn’t do last year. Whether it’s big or small, the opportunities that we take can change our lives and the lives of others for the better. They’ll change who we are, our relationships with others, and what kind of life we have. They’ll also change the world and our community because of the impact our decisions and actions have on others.
However, we need to take action on them and have the courage to do it if we want to change anything. We can’t just think and talk about the opportunities we have and what we would do if we’d actually took them. We wouldn’t get anywhere in life if we did that because it’s all talk and nothing will ever happen. We have to act on these opportunities if we want them to benefit anyone. Taking action on them is something that’s needed if we want to change anything in our lives and to make the world a better place.
F.A. Hayek stated this in his book The Road to Serfdom: “If we are to build a better world, we must have the courage to make a new start.” Taking some of the opportunities that we have can actually help improve the world, but we need to be willing to take the risks involved. Taking risks and having the courage to do something is important and a part of taking an opportunity. While some risks are unavailable, the opportunities we take can, and will, affect others and the world around us. We can meet new people, affect and change the situations that we and others are in, and have other things happen that we do when we act on opportunities.
In the movie, Walter Mitty took risks and had the courage to do what he did and the opportunity he took not only benefited Life Magazine, but benefited his coworkers and himself as well. It changed the world around him because it affected the company, his coworkers, and the people around him. He got to meet new people and make new friends, he got to change the lives of one of his coworkers, her son, and himself, and he got what he and the company needed. He took the risk that accompanied the opportunity, which included possible death, unfriendly people, and still losing his job.
Mitty took an opportunity to make a change because he saw it as a way to try to save his and others’ jobs, even if it meant meeting some risks and going outside of his comfort zone. While it was just a movie, what he did is an example of what could happen to us if we took the opportunity and changed our situations and surroundings, which can end up changing the world. What he did changed and impacted him for the better and what you do and your opportunities will change your life and the lives of those around you.
Now, go out there and take the opportunities to make the world a better place. What you do makes a difference and the opportunities that you take will change the live of others and of yourself in ways that didn’t seem possible. You’ve got a new year to take action of them. What are you going to do this year to take advantage of them?