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7 Movies That Inspire Hope Within Me

I have an odd question to ask you.

Odd because I’m a writer, shouldn’t I be asking about books? Well, lots of movies came from books.

Plus as a writer, it’s stories that I love.

Odd because, hope as a subject? Not many people focusing on that lately.

Odd because my poetry doesn’t always appear hopeful (but it is to me).

Odd becuase because because.

Anywho…

 

I’ve arranged these 7 movies in order of how strongly they affect me. The first being the absolute strongest. Isn’t that how you detect hope? …. you FEEL it, are MOVED by it.


 

Collateral Beauty

I cannot put into words what I feel when watching this movie. Love, Time, Death. Who doesn’tĀ decide to hate them at times? Which of us doesn’t need to remember their true meaning in our lives?

I guess there’s some words.

 

The Shack

You don’t have to even believe in a specific kind of Higher Power to feel the message of hope. I guess there was a bunch of controversy over this movie. All I have to do is google it to find out about what. I don’t care. Everyone everywhere can find something negative in everyone and everything, ever, if we look.

This movie has a message, this story has a message. Beyond that, the rest are trappings; extra for us to do with what we want, what we choose. The meaning of this movie, in my opinion, is something we all need. We get hope from forgiveness; for others, for ourselves. I know I need that. I know I need to believe, to know, I am loved and worthy of that love.

 

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This one I really don’t have words for. You’d have to watch it for yourself to possibly understand what I cannot communicate.

 

Hidalgo

This gives me hope that people can see ALL people as people, ALL animals as souls. Few things bring me pain so greatly as to see people hate, hurt, or become indifferent to animals.

 

No Reservations

Hope that everyone can change. Hope that love can find us all a way back home. A way back to ourselves. A way to healing. A way to hope.

 

The Addams Family

I’m weird. I’m certain you’ve noticed.

Now this movie doesn’t inspire a feeling of hope within me. But it does GIVE me hope. Hope that we can each be our own weird selves and still be accepted, loved, for who we are.

 

Remember the Titans

I often find it hard to remember to respect those who see me, Daphne, as white. I find it hard to see people as black. As Latino. As Asian. As Middle Eastern. As Pacific Islanders. As Native Americans. As “mixed”.

I am not my nationality. Sure, people can become products of their culture. But English culture is the same to a black English man and a white English man, in its purest form. We make things sexist. We make it about black and white. We make skin color important. Instead of loving differences in culture, being curious, exploring the many peoples on this painful, beautiful, crazy, messy world we’ve been gifted.

So what do I see before I see skin color? Easy. There is a person standing in front of me, different and similar to me, with a life full of experiences, tears, smiles, and blank faces I know nothing about.

This movie restores hope to me that we will find our way back to that within our own personal lives, if we so choose.

 

 

MY QUESTION IS THIS. What movies (and movies, only, for now, please) that inspire hope within you?

I’d really appreciate an answer.

We all struggle, right? We all need hope.

You don’t have to give an explanation or reason. Just a movie title. Or a few. I’d value some help from those of you who listen in to the inner ramblings I share with you. Thank you.

This isn’t a cry for help. It’s a cry for more hope. Something beautiful from our lives that we can share. That we can feel.

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Some Things I Find Disgusting #1

Hi there!

How are ya?

I don’t mean to rain on your happy parade, but one of the things in life I love, is happiness.

For people. And animals.

If you’ve been patient enough to stick around with me and my random babblings, you’ve probably picked up on how deeply I love animals. And how outraged I am that they are so routinely harmed for fun, out of indifference, to preserve traditions, or peer pressure.

The only way to fix our world is to first become aware of some uncomfortable truths.

 

Scooby-Doo teaches us this truth every episode: humans can be monsters.

We’re not going to touch on the “why” of this or the “how” or any of these other things.

Sometimes I simply want to foster awareness.

Awareness, a cold hard look at reality, is the only way we can jump to…

Acceptance, when we can still love life and accept at the same time, that there are horrendous things that also exist at the same time – is the only thing which can lead to…

Action. Nothing big. If you’re one of the amazing athletes who have recently spent thousands of dollars on helping animals or a You-tuber who spreads awareness in hopes of donations to help the animals in your area – I commend you. You have my awe and hope restored. But most times, us everyday people can do little things to help. That is what changes the world. The combination of all different kinds of people doing what they can, small or outlandishly huge.

Lift where you stand. That’s all any of us can do.

 

So here is one thing I’d like you to be aware of. Perhaps you can pass it on and help illuminate others.

Also, I promise there will be adorableness at the very end too!

Because happy animals is the whole point of spreading the awareness. šŸ™‚

 

 

This guy breaks down what the Running of the Bulls is. Once they get into the pin at the end of the run, he breaks down what ALL bull fights are.

If you don’t want to watch the video – which is graphic and you see animals bleeding and in pain – I’ll break it down pretty simply. In a bull fight, the bulls are stabbed repeatedly so that it will be hard for them to work the muscles in their back, hence making it hard to raise their heads. They are in shock, in extreme pain, their organs are stabbed and slowly shutting down, they’re losing lots of blood, and basically slowly dying while a man waves a red piece of cloth at them and stabs at them, and the crowd cheers.

This is a horrible piece of culture which is beloved to many people.

I don’t personally care what color you are, what your culture is, what personal choices you make. People are all people. We all matter. But so do animals. And anyone using the excuse of tradition, your behavior is disgusting to me.

These animals die alone and afraid, in intense pain and confused. Cheered at, jeered at.

 

So knock it off!

Do what you can to end this disgusting end to an animal’s life.

 

And now, moving on to the cuteness…

 

Here are two rescued bulls showing that they’re lovely little sweeties. Also, I know the last one isn’t a bull but that cow is just adorable. They really are souls. They feel and they love. They’re not here for us to torture. They’re here to live their lives alongside ours.

 

Now, I’m certain you’re wondering if I’m a vegetarian. I am not. I do eat meat. But I LOATHE the way our animals are kept, tortured, and finally killed. There is a better way to do this. There is a humane way to gain the food we need from living, breathing animals. They deserve a life, one free of misery and pain, before they feed our way of nutrition. And their deaths should be quick and painless.

I agree with this man:

(email for credit)

 

What do you think? Are you a vegetarian? Are you disgusted by the routine torture of animals, whether in a factor farm or in the suburbs?

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No More Eye Jokes

Alrighty – strap yourselves in people because I love animals.

Dogs are THE BEST. I also adore kittens. Cats are cool and I LOVE to love them. I’m not big on having cats at home though, just because they’re not big lovers. At least, all the cats I’ve had weren’t lovey-dovey. At all. I wanted to love them! They just wanted me to feed them. *sobs*

ANYWHO – I love all animals. I think they deserve the absolute best this life has to offer. They’re sweet souls, so trusting (mainly dogs), and they love so purely. They’re goofy and fierce.

 

You know what I hate?

People who hurt animals. I know, I know, not very Christian of me, but I’m in therapy.Ā Get over it.

But seriously. Animal abuse disgusts me. Enrages me. Outrages me. I sometimes cannot understand how human beings can be so cruel to animals. It makes me wish we could round them all up and do to them what they did to the animals.

Since that’s not legal and I’m about the size of a stuffed animal (a really small one), I’ll stick to what I can do.

Loving the animals I can help.

That means enlistingĀ you.

 

You guys know me by now. I don’t do anything 100% happy, fluffy, sweet, and sugar coated.

The reality?

Animal abuse is disgusting and can be pretty graphic. I’ve started with the vet and nonprofit organization VetRanch, as they’re extremely upbeat, feature happy music, and only feature the animal once it’s made it safely to the vet. I’ll provide all their links at the end.

I believe, if these animals can suffer these traumas, then we can respect them enough to suffer through witnessing their pain. If we’re the type built for it. If you’re not, I’ve provided times to skip ahead to the happy parts. There’s nothing to be ashamed of if you’re not the kind who can stomach it. Animal abuse is a terrible thing to witness. A disgusting act of humans. We’re not all built the same and some can’t handle even the thought of a sweet animal being hurt.

My family asked me how I can stand to watch these videos. I’m so easily attached to animals and animal abuse is a real issue with me. I cried like a baby and imagined terrible things when I had to take this sweet little puppy to the animal shelter last month. I was horrified. I cried so hard when one of my dogs died that I got a migraine which would only go away once I’d been adjusted because I’d thrown a bone in my neck out so far.

I cannot stress enough how much I love animals.

But the thing is, I am built with a certain darkness in me. I always take things to the most depraved, painful places. Probably my childhood but probably also simply part of who I am. I struggle with depression. I write urban fantasy and horror. The things in my head are pretty twisted. šŸ˜‰ SO, I know there are dogs and cats and all types of fuzzy babies out there suffering horrible things. I know this. I hate it. It eats at me.

So watching these videos fills me with a hope I also cannot explain in words. It tells me that there are people out there searching for these animals, getting them safe, healthy, and loving them. It tells me they are not all alone. They are not destined to die in pain and frightened. There are beautiful people helping in every way they can, re-shaping these animals’ lives into something magnificent and loving.

Something painful and terrible is turned into a worthwhile and carefreeĀ life. I already know there is pain. These videos prove to me that there is also kindness, love, peace, hope, and a solid determination to change the world for every single animal there is.

 

I will tell you under each video if there’s going to be any surgery footage, at what time stamp, and where to skip. Or, if you simply want to see the end result of the now happy and healthy animal, I’ll give you that time stamp too.

Is it time stamp? That the right term? *shrug* I dunno.

 

And if you make it to the end – or if that’s all you want to see – at the very end I give you two animal videos that areĀ stress alleviating. Just to wash your brain of all that animal cruelty and stuffing it full of adorableness. Not that there isn’t adorableness in the rescue videos. There is. Loads.

 

Let’s Change This Girl’s Fate

This video is of a dog with a totally messed up eye. The beginning shows her eye, so if you want to skip to where it looks relatively normal, skip to 1:24.

The end result of surgery, while he is stitching her up, begins at 1:55 and ends at 2:05.

If you want to skip to where she is happy and bouncing around like a crazy adorable dog should always be, skip ahead to 3:12.

Dr. Matt thanks some kids who wrote/drew in and sent some donations to VetRanch. So if you want to skip that part, it goes from 3:45 to 5:03. At which point you get to see a very happy dog once again.

If you watch to the end of this video, you will understand why this post is entitled ‘no more eye jokes’.

 

 

Tiny Kitten Barely Survives

Surgery footage starts at 1:55 and ends at 2:37.

If you want to skip through to how he ends up, skip to 9 minutes.

 

 

Hedgie the HedgehogĀ 

You see this little guy’s eye, which is all messed up at 1:33. If you don’t want to see it, go ahead and skip ahead to 2:23.

If you want to skip to healthy cuteness, go to 3:36.

 

 

Those fuzzy little guys and gals went through so freaking much! So not fair. But they got rescued, all fixed up, and are now loved and happy.

So, if you made it through all of that, I figured maybe you’d want to see a few videos of JUST the cuteness that happy, healthy, safe, and loved animals have to offer.

 

I give to you an adorable baby bat eating watermelon and an equally adorable husky wearing boots…

 

 

You guys still with me?

Okay.

Whew.

Feel so much better.

All fuzzies in this post are happy and healthy and soaking in love.

So. The point of this post was in the hopes to raise awareness of how many suffering animals are out there and to inspire youĀ to help animals in need, to volunteer at local shelters, and/or to donate money to VetRanch. Or even to simply watch the videos, like, and/or subscribe to the channels. It helps!

Go love your dog or cat or whatever you have.

I’m going to go pet my dog.

 

Vet Ranch Youtube ChannelĀ 

Vet Ranch WebsiteĀ 

Vet Ranch Facebook

Vet Ranch Twitter

These doctors seem to genuinely love these animals and strive to give them a great quality of life. If you’d like to donate, it doesn’t need to be anything big. Every $5 makes a big difference. Once I have a job again, it’s definitely one of the places I’ll donate money.

I hope you guys and your animals are doing fabulously! Me and Lucky are doing great.

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