I’d Much Rather Play Make-Believe

reflection in the city

I never stopped playing make-believe. And, I think it’s safe to say that at this point in adulthood, I will never stop.

Hell, when I put clothes on each day…it’s still very much like playing dress-up.

Last night I stayed up late, past midnight in my old age, and actually finished an entire movie without passing out in my chair. Wild night, let me tell ya!

I’m a bit late with catching this flick, but I watched “Stuck in Love” with Greg Kinnear (love him!) and Jennifer Connelly (love, love her!) from 2012. It’s one of those indie romantic comedy/drama films, the kind that are often very hit or miss for me.

This one was not a miss.

In fact, I haven’t bawled that much over a movie since the time I made the dreadful mistake of watching “Atonement” alone at an early matinee showing at the theater. Without a tissue in sight, let’s just say I barreled out of there with my sunglasses on to hide my red, puffy, snotty face.

Okay, so back to “Stuck In Love”.

For readers and writers, it’s a goodie. A love of books and a struggle with the writing process are both a strong undercurrent throughout. Sure, it’s a touch unbelievable to have a family of writers β€” dad, daughter, son β€” who all miraculously get published.

But hey, that’s what make-believe is for.

Kinnear had a fantastic line, which he said during a speech with a knowing smirk.

“I’m not sure what it is that compels a person to play make-believe even when they’re an adult.”

I love that. We writers are the oldest children I know. We continually see the world as a playground, a colorful place to explore tirelessly.

I’ll never be the adult who has my shit together. I’d much rather play make-believe.

29 thoughts on “I’d Much Rather Play Make-Believe

  1. I haven’t seen that movie, but unsurprising as most of my movie fare is rated PG or G in the past few years. Sounds like a good one that I would enjoy!

    Having kids is helpful in getting away with playing make-believe as an adult. So, I’m still in that mode too. And of course, being a writer goes along with that.

    1. You should watch it when you can have some grown-up time. : )

      Yes, having kids around definitely keeps the make-believe inspiration alive. I found that happened to me while teaching dance to kids. It was good for me.

  2. “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide..No escape from reality”..
    Somebody told me I was delusional. I almost fell of my unicorn. Glad to hear I’m not the only one here πŸ˜‰
    “Stuck in love” rings a bell, only don’t know where the clapper hangs..I might have watched it

    1. Nice “Bohemian Rhapsody” reference! I like to listen to that when I’m riding around on my unicorn.

      “Stuck In Love’s” a film I thought I had seen too, perhaps because other movie’s have similar titles. It’s a good flick!

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