HECTOR’S SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
A few weeks ago while scrolling through Netflix and chillin (alone by the way), I came across a movie that I had been wanting to see for a while but forgot about it. I was so happy to see that it was available and couldn’t wait to see it. With my bowl of “world famous” spaghetti in hand, a nice cold beer sitting on the nightstand and my dog Mr. Wesley laying next to me, I watched what has become one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while, “Hector and the Search for Happiness”.
Featuring actor Simon Pegg (as Hector) and actress Rosamund Pike (his girlfriend), the movie follows Hector, a psychiatrist who realizes how unhappy he is with his life and decides to go on a journey to find out what makes people happy. He travels to several different locations around the world facing many challenges and almost death and unbeknownst to Hector, his journey would completely change his life and ultimately help Hector find happiness for himself. The movie comes to a beautiful climax of self realization for Hector and a very emotional phone call with his girlfriend Clara, who he finds to miss and love very much.
That last phone call with Clara is very powerful and enlightening for Hector. By this point in the movie he comes to realize how much he loves her and wants her in his life and as the voice over the movie states, Hector “learns to love like never before”. Because I’m a soft heartened little boy, I’m tearing up by this point in the movie and yes, it leaves me wanting to see the movie again later in the week. And yes, one more time a few days later. I purchased the book some time after this, but have had a hard time getting into it, mainly because for me, the movie was way too awesome.
We all want to be happy and many people spend their entire lives trying to find happiness. Some try to do this through their job, others attempt to find happiness in relationships or friendships, while others search for it through spiritual things. Regardless of how, the fact is that we all want to be happy and whether we like it or not, we’re searching for it daily and we will continue to until the day we die. Whether it’s through that first cup of coffee in the morning or through a cozy cuddle session and Netflix with your significant other, happiness is all around us, waiting to be found.
Over the next few days I will provide a list of what I have found to make me happy, something similar to what Hector provides in this movie. One of Hector’s quotes in the movie is “Many people only see happiness in their future” and as true as this statement is, it’s very sad that many people actually feel this way. My goal will be to help each person who read’s my series come to find that “happiness” is there for you today, not tomorrow or a year from now. Happiness is all around us, we just need to put on the right glasses to see it. I’ll help you clean your classes tomorrow though, because right now I’m going to make myself happy and eat a late lunch.
Have a good day. See your happy asses tomorrow.