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It was one of those days you cannot take for granted: OFF DAYS. There was no school, no errands to take care of, and work was not until the next day. But of course, when I’m free… no one else is. So there I was flipping through the T.V. guide trying to find something interesting and there it was. A movie that changed my perspective on life.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a movie you should experience. A group of British retirees’ take a trip to India with hopes of staying in a grand hotel. This hotel serves as a residential area for the elderly, a getaway. Only when they got there, the hotel is far from luxurious. Furniture covered in dust, rooms that have been inhabited by birds, and a phone that doesn’t work, is not what was mentioned in the brochure. However, later on the retirees discover the beauty of the hotel is not found in its structure, but in what it has offered them: a new life. Each character had an amazing story and going to India made it all the more exciting. It’s a connection that doesn’t make all that much sense until you let the movie sink in. They go through different situations and have various personalities, but seem to aim for something similar: an answer. In the late years of their lives they are looking to be “whole” or discover some kind of unfound joy; as if the life they lived was not something they really lived. None of them really looked felt happy. Only when they reached India and experienced something new, do they find their answers; or better yet, their purpose.

But the soul of this movie is found in Sonny, the enthusiastically proud owner of Marigold Hotel. He attends to the guests’ every need despite knowing the restrictions of his not-so-grand hotel. He is full of energy, optimism and ambition, which is felt throughout the movie and projected onto the viewers. Then we get to know that Sonny comes from a wealthy family, where his brothers are successful and a mother who is constantly on his case about his choices in life. Sonny has a dream, a vision to outsource to the elderly. But whatever dream he has is not the “success” his family expects. Still, he preservers because patience is key and success doesn’t happen over night. Sonny constantly lives by his famous line, “Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.” This line is adaptable to the roller-coaster ride we call life. The movie teaches the lesson that we shouldn’t live in doubt like the retirees. We can’t let parents, employers, or ANYONE, tell us who we should be or how to live out our ambitions.

We cannot settle. We can’t dwell on our problems. We shouldn’t beat ourselves up about misfortunes. We need to live. 

We both know that happy days don’t make up every 365 days a year. And even when we do have those days and moments that fill us up with joy, we still struggle. But what I can tell you is Sonny is completely right, because everything will be all right in the end. The only reason why you might not agree is because you are still unhappy or unsatisfied; therefore, it is not yet the end. Keep ‘doing you’ and you will find peace within yourself. Keep on living, and you will find that happiness. This is the reason why the line is so beautiful. It gets you out of that rut you’re in and tells you to stop worrying. You contemplate on something so much, nitpick every single detail, that it leaves you stationary.  You forget to keep going…

Human beings are so complex, our minds work in ways not everyone understands, experiences interlock with other experiences, emotions go through highs and lows, and stories are shaped unique to our own. The relation of what Sonny says and this course is simple: We will witness struggle, feel pain, and question happiness or purpose. It will make you wonder about life. Though, like most of the stories we will read, the journey is the important part. It’s being able to go from word to word or flipping to the next page that makes a book worth reading. Stay on one sentence and you’ll forget that there is an ending.  It’s going through that hardship and telling your story that will make things all right in the end. And if you don’t keep going, how will you ever reach an answer? Don’t stare at the problem, wait for the solution to show up and mope about it possibly being wrong. Be proactive and life will take care of the rest.

Sonny’s line will always have me pushing forward when an obstacle heads my way, and I hope it gives you the same motivation.

Trust me when I say The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a must watch. Not only do you laugh, but you learn. Allow it to impact you the way it impacted me. May the words grace your minds, when your heart feels a bit shaken.