I love John Hughes.
There is no other writer slash director that captured youth, or jejuneness,* the way John Hughes captured youth (or, jejuneness*).
It’s like he never forgot.
He grew up into an adult, but still remembered exactly how being a teenager felt… His characters reflected the angst, the awkwardness, and the inexperience of being in that graceless phase, AKA, the springtime of life.
John Hughes’ movies were full of philosophical gems, worthy of contemplation.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is my favorite movie of all time, and it is chock-full of them… pearls of wisdom that should be reflected on, meditated on, studied, and chewed:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
I’m no expert in Philosophy** but I think what John Hughes is trying to say is that life moves very fast, and if you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it. It seems fairly obvious – but then again, how often do you really just stop and look around?***
Another great quote from Ferris Bueller:
“A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.” Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus, I’d still have to bum rides off people.“
You should definitely believe in yourself (at all times), even if you are a member of The Beatles and consider yourself a walrus. And, carpooling is a virtue.
“First of all you can never go too far. Second of all, if I’m going to be caught, it’s not gonna be by a guy like that!”
“The question isn’t ‘what are we going to do’, the question is ‘what aren’t we going to do?'”
Life is what you make of it. You’re either in the game, or standing on the sidelines. Think big. And then think even bigger. Skip school (or work), “borrow” a Ferrari, go to a museum, take in a ball game, sing karaoke in a parade, and then swim in a stranger’s pool. Dance, hide, run, smile, kiss, and do whatever else takes your breath away.
Most importantly… You have this one life. Don’t forget to live it to the fullest.
* I was looking for a way to use the word, jejuneness.
** I dabble.
*** You might want to try it right now?