Midnight in Paris is a new Woody Allen flick in which the main character, Gil, a struggling writer, played by Owen Wilson is escorted back in time to hang out with the great artists/expatriates of 1920’s Paris. While in this dream time, he meets a charming flapper, named Adriana, who is obsessed with another past – the “golden age” of late nineteenth century Paris. This is a funny and charming movie that examines the human tendency to want to be somewhere other than where we are, asks the question what is the golden age, and why do we often spend time wishing we were somewhere other than the here and now?
It’s tempting to dwell on a perceived golden age, but when we do, we cheat ourselves out of the here and now. And isn’t every here and now, someone’s golden age?
In Midnight in Paris, Adriana complains about the noise and fast pace of 1920’s Paris and yearns for the simpler time of the 1890’s. It’s funny to think of the 1920’s as being fast-paced when we look at the break-neck speed of the our present time. Is there a golden age in your own life that you wish you could go back to? A time that seems simpler to you? Less complicated? It’s tempting to dwell on a perceived golden age, but when we do, we cheat ourselves out of the here and now. And isn’t every here and now, someone’s golden age? Ever look back at a photo album and think it was the best of times, even when it was imperfect? Wish you could go back in time and be more present? You can start today.
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