The 10 life lessons I’ve learned from the movie “Cars….”

Well, it’s still January and colder than ever outside. I will be glad when this month ends. Yes, I know I shouldn’t wish my life away but I really don’t like cold weather and the sooner we get January out of the way, the sooner we can get to Spring. Just thinking about it makes me really happy as I very much prefer warm days and nights to below zero temps like we’ve had lately in Kentucky.

However, in the meantime, until it reaches Spring and I start to hear the little birds chirping away, I will be holed-up in my comfortable home watching movies in my spare time. You see, my husband and I really don’t care to go to the movie theaters anymore because of many reasons. The primary one being that I deal with the public each and every day and the last thing that I want to do when I get home from doing that is to go right back out and be amongst them again. I know it’s different and I’m the one being waited on this time but I still prefer to view my cinematic treasures at home.

Therefore, this leads me to something I discovered this past Saturday night, and that is how truly valuable children’s movies are sometimes at really having the ability to make you stop and think in a way that you would have never imagined. We own a wide variety of movies but at this time of the year when things are gloomy and drab outside anyway, I want to watch something that’s fun and uplifting. I just can’t take anything too dramatic during the droll, gray days of winter.

So, Graham and I decided that we would pull out one of our regular cartoon movies to watch again for the umpteenth time. Yes, I admit to watching cartoon movies as an adult and I’m not ashamed to say so. Many of them are some of the funniest things I’ve ever seen and the humor is not nearly as rude and crude as the adult variety of movies that seems to be playing in theaters as of late. I flatly refuse to watch Bridesmaids, HangOver, and some of the other counterparts to these movies where I feel as though I’m dropping brain cells by the minute.

Anyway, Disney Pixar’s “Cars” movie is one of our favorites and has a very good storyline in my estimation. After watching the movie again this past Saturday night, here are some real-world thoughts and ideas that I have taken away from such an endearing little film:

  • Winning is not the end-all be-all of life, there are more important things to consider
  • Having a few true friends who will tell you the truth is better than having no friends at all
  • Learn to stop and smell the roses along life’s path
  • Take a drive through the back roads and let all your cares melt away
  • Route 66 is an important part of our United States travel history, let’s not forget the impact it has had on many a family wending their way down the road on vacation
  • Look out for others and they will look out for you too
  • Wisdom is a powerful tool, don’t forget to respect your elders and learn from them too
  • In life the journey is far more important than just getting to the destination as fast as possible
  • What’s old is new again, as in the revival of Radiator Springs in the film, and of Route 66 too
  • Remember the good ole’ days of yesteryear when vacations had a completely different meaning than they do now

Yes, I must admit that as many times as I had seen that movie the other night, somehow now it’s suddenly taken on a whole new meaning for me. I really can appreciate the days of old now much better than I could as a teenager. Life is funny. Who would have thought that a cartoon about talking cars could make such an indelible impact on me? I never would have guessed it.

In the immortal words of Mater: “Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been.” (Cars, 2006, IMDB)

For all those who love to travel the back roads and remember the cars of yesteryear….stay safe and happy traveling….

 

 

 

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