Who wants to live forever

posted Aug 7, 2011, 4:08 PM by ash ‎(evermindful)‎   [ updated Aug 7, 2011, 4:14 PM ]
Two weekends ago my wife wanted to watch a movie together. Somehow time slipped away and we missed the chance. However, I told her that we will watch one of my favourites next week. There was build up all week as to what this movie is. 

This movie has had a strong connection with me since the day I first saw it in the cinema when I was just 17 years old. The movie was Russell Mulcahy’s “Highlander” (1986).

After the movie as we lay in bed embracing one another, I described to my wife the connection I have with the movie…

As a 17 male the sword fighting naturally appealed to me. The concept of the periods of time also appealed to me with the weaving between past and present. The ingenious transitions between past/present scenes in the editing almost made time appear uniform. However, my favourite aspect of the movie when I was 17 was the notion of mortality.

Strangely at that young age there was a sense that I had lived for a long time, a very long time. There was a feeling that I too had loved another like that.

However now, at the age of 42, there is a sense of certainty that I have lived and loved in that same way over and over and over again. There is a sense of certainty that my wife and I have been partnered together countless times before.

As she lay falling asleep in my arms, we both knew this time is different. This time I have developed disenchantment and dispassion. This time will be the last time that we live and love in this same way.

With metta ash

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