"We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, 'O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?' Answer. That you are here — that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.' That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” — Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society (1989)
To choose just one favorite moment in film is no easy feat. Movies, television -- I have a very special place in my heart for them all. But if I really do have to pick just one, I'll have to go with the final scene in Dead Poet's Society (1989), one of my all-time favorite films featuring one of my all-time favorite actors, the late and beloved Robin Williams. My heart still breaks when I think of him.
His performance as the empowering teacher, Mr. John Keating, inspired a generation of free thinkers, myself included. The ending gets me every. single. time.
The #100daychallenge writing series is my way of holding my right brain accountable for all the brain fog in hopes that I'll learn to creatively organize my thoughts and learn something(s) new about myself in the process. The challenge includes prompts from the San Francisco Writers' Grotto's 642 Things to Write About. You can also follow my #100daychallenge here.