Warning! There may be spoilers ahead!
“There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” – Morpheus from The Matrix
We know this to be true. We know what we should do. We know what we need to do, but we don’t always do it.
There is a difference between knowing and doing. Taking action is inherently harder than thinking about taking action. Too much thinking can be detrimental in a lot of ways, therefore there is a good deal to be earned in learning to be a person who acts more than they think. If we have a tendency to overthink things we already know, we will often hesistate to take charge of our lives.
When we are required to deal with any difficult task that we know needs to be taken care of, there is little room for thinking. Yet it’s very easy to fall into that trap of assuming we’re actually being productive by staying in our heads instead of taking action.
“If you are good at something, never do it for free.” – The Joker from The Dark Knight
Very practical knowledge coming from The Dark Knight’s notoriously chaotic protagonist, the Joker. An essential lesson that can’t be ignored is that your skills are a resource. If they benefit people in your society, it is necesssary not to sell yourself short, and understand that you deserve to be rewarded for the things you are good at.
“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free” – from The Shawshank Redemption
Andy Dufresne, the main character of The Shawshank Redemption, is a former banker who is dealt a terrible hand after being falsely accused for double murder. He soon is tragically sent to prison and suffers in the harsh enviornment for years.
It seems like all hope is lost. Slowly but surely, however, Andy learns to make the most out of his time as a prisoner, and eventually even escapes prison in a rather clever way.
Dufresne had every reason to believe his life was over, but soon after he begins to believe that there was hope, his mindset totally changed, eventually making his experience much more rewarding and fulfilling. Fear keeps you stuck, believing in hope (and believing in possibilities) can change your outlook on life, creating a state of mind that might see oppurtunities in places you never suspected.
Stay hopeful, it can change you and set you free.