First things first, I’m a movie lover, not a movie critic. I go to the movies because I love the entertainment. It’s pretty rare for me to leave the theater thinking I wasted two hours of my time. I love the way movies can whisk you away to another world and forget about the one you live in, just for a little bit. Movies allow me to dream and leave me inspired. Is anyone with me on this?
The Greatest Showman
Seeing Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya in the movie trailers for The Greatest Showman had me giddy with excitement wanting to go see this musical film. When I finally got to the theater a few days after Christmas, I had goosebumps, wanted to clap (like, right in the middle of the movie), and got swept off my feet by the beauty of the film. Not only did Zac Efron steal my heart all over again (High School Musical fan over here!), but the music, choreography, story, and life lessons just left me in awe. I really didn’t know much about P.T. Barnum, but they did an incredible job adding the “Hollywood” into the movie and making his story a grand one.'The noblest art is that of making others happy.' - P.T. BarnumClick To Tweet
If you need a reminder that you are in this world with talent and purpose that nobody else has, go see The Greatest Showman. If you need to be reminded to take risks, to pursue your passions, or to just dream again, go see The Greatest Showman. Now.
8 Quotes to Live By
“I Wish For Happiness Like This Forever” – Charity Barnum
Background: This little quote was at the beginning of the movie right after P.T. Barnum lost his job and returned home to his wife and two daughters. The daughters took turns making wishes on a makeshift gift that P.T. Barnum pulled together for his eldest daughter. When it was Charity’s turn, she simply said, “I wish for happiness likes this forever”. Mind you, she had already left her uber-rich parents to run away with P.T. Barnum, who no longer had a job. But she knew the true meaning of happiness.
Happiness is not having all the money in the world, the best job, or the materialistic stuff. Happiness is being surrounded by people you love and seeing happiness in their hearts. Sharing sweet moments, going through the struggles together, and creating happiness within is the ultimate goal. Heyyyyy, this falls right in place with my biggest mistake from 2017!
“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.” – P.T. Barnum
It was as if Mr. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) was speaking to me, directly. No matter what you do in life, be original. Be real. Stop trying to blend in and make a difference in the world by not being like everyone else! Life feels so much more fulfilling when you’re being your authentic self.
“Comfort, the enemy of progress.” – P.T. Barnum
Ain’t that the truth! I’ve fallen into the “comfort” box before. You know, when everything is just sweet enough that you don’t want to take any risks or change anything too much because you’re comfortable. In my opinion, that’s a recipe for an unfulfilled life. Don’t settle. Never get too comfortable and always reach for those damn stars.
“A man’s station is only limited by his imagination.” – Jenny Lind
P.T. Barnum may have quoted this in the movie, too, but I remember Jenny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) toasting this to P.T. Barnum after a successful show among the elite of New York. And it’s so true. Don’t stop dreaming. Let your imagination go wild because you’ll only get as far as your mind lets you.
“I am brave. I am bruised. This is who I’m meant to be. This is me.” – ‘This Is Me’ Song Lyric Performed by Lettie (Keala Settle)
You know those goosebumps I talked about? With the world we live in, this song lyric was so powerful and beautiful (it also won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song!). The Greatest Showman was truly a “celebration of humanity” and I believe that no one should ever be ashamed of who they are. Stand up proud. Your scars make you unique and your story is unlike any other. Let the world know that your beautiful soul is one of a kind.
“You don’t need everyone to love you, just a few good people.” – Charity Barnum
Mrs. Barnum spoke this wise comment to her husband as he continued to chase self-satisfaction by being praised by others. This delicate quote filled my heart because it hit close to home. Find your tribe and love them hard. Those few good people will be the ones with you until the very end.
“When you’re careless with other people, you bring ruin upon yourself.” – Jenny Lind
Instead of spoiling this scene, let’s just talk about the truth behind this statement. If you go through life taking advantage of other people and their feelings, you become the biggest loser. No one is more important than anyone else. Everyone’s time is equally important. Everyone deserves respect. It goes back to the whole, “treat others the way you wish to be treated”. Be kind and good to one-another.
“The show must go on.” – P.T. Barnum
Need I say more? 👏👏 👏
Bonus Greatest Showman Quotes:
“They don’t understand you, but they will.” – P.T. Barnum to Lettie
“Those smiles aren’t fake. It doesn’t matter where they come from. The joy is real.” – P.T. Barnum to Mr. Bennett
“I never minded the risk, but we always did it together.” – Charity to P.T.
“All I have left is friendship, love, and a work that I adore.” – Phillip Carlyle
Side note: This post is not about being an advocate for P.T. Barnum or the circus, but about the movie greatness that was created for our enjoyment. I also tried to leave out any spoilers (other than what you may have seen in the movie trailer), but if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor, get lost in the circus world and let yourself dream.