Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

SPOILER ALERT: Don't read on if you plan to see the movie and haven't yet.
Heroes by David Bowie is playing as Patrick drives Sam and Charlie through the Fort Pitt tunnel. Charlie climbs to the back of the pickup truck and in a voice over that brings the story full circle says:

I don't know if I will have the time to write anymore letters because I might be too busy trying to participate. So if this does end up being the last letter, I just want you to know that I was in a bad place before I started high school and you helped me. Even if you didn't know what I was talking about or know someone who has gone through it, you made me not feel alone. Because I know there are people who say all these things don't happen. And there are people who forget what it's like to be 16 when they turn 17. I know these will all be stories someday. And our pictures will become old photographs. We'll all become somebody's mom or dad. But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening, I am here and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you're not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you're listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite.

I keep thinking back to the part where he says, "But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening." Time doesn’t stop but you get those moments where it slows down just enough for you to look around and be thankful: for the friendship, for the music, for the ride, for those moments where a smile is the most organic thing ever.

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