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I told you earlier I’d dedicate one post for you.

This is one of my most favorite movie clips of all times. I remember I watched it when I was in high school. That time when internet was not as popular as it is today. When we have to rent VHS tapes as VCDs were still a little bit uncommon. When Google is not yet this big.

My classmates were talking about this movie. I don’t wanna be left out. I borrowed it from one rental shop and watched it alone one night while everybody was sleeping at home.

There were powerful lines that struck me. I was already the geeky and nerdy person then. I have to stop the tape and rewind it again and again until I have transcribed what Parrish said.

And this is what I am going to share to you now.

PARRISH
Do you love Drew?

SUSAN
You mean like you loved Mom?

PARRISH
Forget about me and Mom — are you going to marry him?

SUSAN
Probably.

PARRISH
Don’t get carried away.

SUSAN
Uh oh —

PARRISH
Susan, you’re a hell of a woman. You’ve got a great career, you’re beautiful —

SUSAN
And I’m your daughter and no man will ever be good enough for me.

PARRISH
Well, I wasn’t going to say that —

SUSAN
What were you going to say?

PARRISH
Listen, I’m crazy about the guy. He’s smart, he’s aggressive, he could carry Parrish Communications into the 21st century and me along with it.

SUSAN
So what’s wrong with that?

PARRISH
That’s for me. I’m talking about you. It’s not so much what you say about Drew, it’s what you don’t say.

SUSAN
You’re not listening…

PARRISH
Oh yes, I am. Not an ounce of excitement, not a whisper of a thrill, this relationship has all the passion of a pair of titmice.

SUSAN
Don’t get dirty, Dad.

PARRISH
Well, it worries me. I want you to get swept away. I want you to levitate. I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a dervish.

SUSAN
That’s all?

PARRISH
Be deliriously happy. Or at least leave yourself open to be.

SUSAN
‘Be deliriously happy’. I’m going to do my utmost.

PARRISH
I know it’s a cornball thing but love is passion, obsession, someone
you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you
going to end up with? I say fall head over heels. Find someone you
can love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I’m not
hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love — well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.

SUSAN
Bravo.

PARRISH
Aw, you’re tough.

SUSAN
I’m sorry. But give it to me again.The short version.

PARRISH
Stay open. Who knows? Lightning could strike.

———

I am not an expert on this. You saw how crazy things went for me. You endured all my nonsense. But if you will ask me if there’s regret, my answer would be no, none at all. Why? Because what I felt was real. I got swept away. I levitated. I sang with rapture and danced like a dervish.

But don’t be fooled. Because being deliriously happy doesn’t mean you will always get a happy ending.

But what the hell…

Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love — well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.

In the end it is your choice.

Don’t listen to me. Listen to yourself.

Goodluck. I am just a Skype away. 🙂

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