I recently watched The English Patient for the first time. I loved it, just as my mom, who has been suggesting I watch her favorite film for years now, repeatedly said I would. Why had it taken me so long to sit down and watch it? I dedicate hours each day scrolling through various news feeds and websites, always up to date on the latest news and happenings, but is that really the best use of my time?
Despite having my wisdom teeth removed last week, I feel like the whole experience has actually made me wiser. Rather than waste my days scrolling through Twitter and Instagram (and Pinterest – I’ve added two new boards in the past week), I finished a book (#GIRLBOSS, which I highly recommend), and started Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, read magazines cover to cover (I finally understand everyone’s Jon Hamm obsession after reading the latest Vanity Fair; at 38, Charlize Theron looks better in a bikini than I do in the latest Vogue), and watched movies (The English Patient, The Wolf of Wallstreet) that were each about 3 hours in length, allowing me to engross myself in them entirely. I’ve also watched enough episodes of 30 Rock that I sometimes catch myself thinking in Tracy Morgan’s voice.
Doing something with my time – really doing something – has been so gratifying. We’re all guilty of wanting to be the first to know about the latest and greatest things, but it’s important to take a step back and actually do something that’s worth your while. Going forward, I want to expose myself to new films, especially some classics, and read more books. I'm also dying to visit Italy and Egypt after watching The English Patient, but it looks like I'll have to hope I make it there someday in the future. Until then, I'm excited to see what this summer will bring and where it will take me, sans wisdom teeth and all.
Ralph Fiennes is unbelievably handsome in this film, but it's a little unsettling to refer to He Who Must Not Be Named in that way. And Kristin Scott Thomas will give you major cheekbone envy. So stunning! Also, Juliette Binoche is wonderful; the haircut will grow on you, trust me.