A Life In an Hour


Round the Clock // Photography by Carlos Mota Jr. 

When we watch movies, we are observers. We are spectating a person’s entire life. As we view these captivating films that depict a person, a person who is mostly likely in their middle ages, we are able to capture their life in the confined time of an hour. One hour. One hour of the 100,000+ hours we’ve lived in our life we are able to comprehend a person’s lifetime of troubles, love, relationships, feelings, and emotions. Wow.

Films capture a person’s life of good and bad–their ups and downs. Films are able to take the worse parts, but then add the best to perceive to the people of the world how one can rise up from their mistakes. They nitpick moments in a life that make a person who they are–the moments that actually matter.

While that still shocks me, I can’t help but question what does that say about our lives–my life? Because within the hour later, that film–that life–that you’ve witnessed can either have some impact on your life, which is a rare instance, or piece by piece, it can be forgotten and be blurred from your memory minutes later. And only days later, you can forget the film entirely–you can forget a person’s life entirely. What does that say?

If I had to nitpick the best moments in my life, it would probably play out for nothing more than ten minutes (considering I am only fifteen-years-old). Because of that, it could probably last for as little as five minutes. To realize this, you find that your life may not be that spectacular. It may not be that unique. Call me an anti-optimist for now, but our lives are movies that have the potential to disappear and be of little to no existence. But that depends on how you live it.

As we live as protagonist in our life-of-a-movie, we must choose whether we wish to live it significantly or insignificantly. The most impacting lives and films are not necessarily ones that are out of the ordinary. They are those that are most genuine. They are those that make decisions out of their heart. And whether those decisions may outcome to failures, they eventually rise up because true failure can be the best moment of a film that unexpectedly leads to the most beautiful highlight of it all.

Make your movie significant. Make all moments count. You do not know surely whether your movie will be remembered in the long run, but as of now, live it with your heart. Do not stop at the failures because in one point in your life as you recollect on the moments that add up to your life of an hour, you will find that your failures are the what led you to the end–what made you, you.


One comment

  1. David Theriault · April 24, 2015

    I would love to see a photo or two that represents those moments for you.


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