Are you feeling lost and disconnected?Soul
While I don’t get into detailed plot points, I’m discussing general themes of the movie throughout, so minor spoilers ahead!
The soul purpose of this is to tell you that there is no actual purpose to all of this
I’m a huge fan of Pixar movies 🤗
Because whoever writes their scripts is so bloody clever!
While, obviously, the cartoonists are ridiculously talented… I’m more about their joie de vivre. These movies are always chocker-block full of insightful observations, and real-life humour, which never fails to delight me.
Note: I figure Pixar do this to reward parents for taking their kids to see their films.
Soul, in particular — which was released in 2020 — really struck me, and stuck with me. So much so, that I recommend it to my clients to watch in order to illustrate why they may be feeling lost and disconnected from the world.
This movie is incredibly enlightening. It’s really quite wonderful. Because whoever wrote Soul is a spiritual genius who knows how consciousness works.
If you’re feeling lost, or you’ve lost your spark, then make sure you watch this fabulous film x
Note: Their portrayal of a human experiencing being a cat really ‘tickled my fancy’ 😂
All aboard the Soul train!
What's it all about?
Soul is about Joe Gardener, a middle aged, middle school band teacher who has just been offered a permanent position (which means job security, medical insurance, and a pension).
While his mother is thrilled about this, and says: “After all these years my prayers have been answered — a full time job. Playing music will finally be your real career“… Joe feels unfulfilled because his ambition is to be a full-time jazz musician.
Just when Joe thinks he has to concede to this inevitable fate, he finally gets his big break! But unfortunately later that day Joe dies in an accident 😱. However, in a twist-of-fate, he gets a chance to return to his body if he mentors a new soul to discover her ‘spark’.
And, in doing so, he finally realises the true meaning of having a ‘meaningful’ life. That you don’t need a purpose, you just need something to light you up, and get you ready to go live your life.
It’s all about finding what lights you up, and sometimes it might take less than you think 🙌
What's the point of this article?
Or rather, what’s the meaning of: it all?
01—There isn't one
As they say on Soul: There are no purposes, passions, or meanings assigned to us — only our personalities.
Different personalities are then drawn to various things which they then assign their own meaning.
Our personality determines what we’re interested in — our passions — and it’s what should lead us to develop skills in a certain area.
02—It’s all about "regular old living"
“A spark isn’t a soul’s purpose!”
It’s not about what you do, it’s about how you live —
It’s the smells.
It’s the tastes.
It’s the sights.
It’s the sounds.
It’s the textures.
And, it’s the relationships — with your people.
But most importantly, it’s the way these things make you feel inside — e.g delighted, sad, grateful, angry, appreciative, disappointed, humbled, inspired, confused, happy.
It’s about the meanings you attach to things.
It’s about all the feels.
Sometimes you feel good, and sometimes you feel bad… and that’s okay.
This is what it is to have a meaningful life. x
03—Don't put happiness off
As you’re ‘feeling’ your way through this world… If you should come across something that especially sparks you up, you should pursue this in some (any!) capacity, until your heart is content.
In doing so you will feel aligned.
You will feel complete.
You will feel other-worldly.
You can do the thing that sparks your joy at anytime you want.
You don’t need someone else to tell you that you’re good at it.
You don’t need someone to tell you that you’re worthy of it.
You don’t need anyone to approve of it.
And, you certainly don’t need an audience.
All you need… is to know that it makes you happy when you’re doing it.
Note: It’s also important to realise, that doing this thing might not continue to bring you joy, and that’s okay. Don’t get all-in-your-head about it, just keep looking around – and enjoying what life has to offer – until something else reignites your spark.
04—Don't lose sight of what's right in front of you
If you’re chasing something that you think will bring you joy… but the process is actually making you feel unhappy with ‘your lot’ then you’re lost and disconnected.
If you’re a ‘lost soul’ you get self absorbed. Life generally becomes meaningless, and you just let it pass you by.
While you might consider some things mundane, and unimportant… again, it’s the finding of joy in the simple things that keeps you firmly tethered to something while you’re off exploring this world, and chasing your dreams.
Note: It’s also okay not to have specific aspirations, or to not want that much from life. You might actually be satisfied with things just the way they are. In fact, if this is you, then you’re probably happier than most 🙌
Life is about passion not purpose.
There's a difference between getting lost in something, and being a lost soul
Careful that getting lost in your ‘thing’, doesn’t turn into an obsession—
Getting lost in something…
“You know how when you humans are really into something, and it feels like you’re in another place? It feels like you’re in the zone, right?”
“It’s the space between the physical and the spiritual.”
(Ooooooooh, I liked this a lot! And, it’s actually where I’m writing this blog-post to you from 😉🧚🏻♀️✨)
Are you a lost soul?
“Some people just can’t let go of their own anxieties, and obsessions, leaving them lost and disconnected from life.”
Are you obsessing about something to the exclusion of all else?
For example, are you:
Searching for a career or a new career?
Trying to figure out what your purpose is in life?
Looking for a significant other?
Seeking other peoples approval?
Focused on something that you find unacceptable about yourself (the way you look or something that you’ve done in the past)?
“You know, lost souls are not that different from those in the zone. The zone is enjoyable, but when that joy becomes an obsession, one becomes disconnected from life.”
Dorothea Williams (Soul's saxophonist) tells Joe Gardener a fishy tale...
I heard this story about a fish…
He swims up to an older fish and says:
“I’m trying to find this thing they call the ocean.”
“The ocean?”, the older fish says.
“That’s what you’re in right now.”
“This?” says the young fish.
“This is water. What I want is the ocean!”
Stop waiting for your life to start.
Just go live your life!
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