A Day of Dean

I came across this movie by random and decided to play it as a noise background. At that moment, I’m transfixed on my phone looking at where we are with the ongoing pandemic. As I skim-through every covid19 headline, I heard the dialogue “after my mother died,” and from that on the movie fully caught my undivided attention.

The succession of unfortunate events is hard, yes, I have witnessed it happen ever since a young age. I’ve seen families were broken up, drug abuse led to addictions which resulted in the decline of health and job loss, to a person completely being disowned or barred from being in a family. No matter what your outlook in life is, whether you are an optimistic person who believes that life is what you make the most of it,  or a pessimistic whose only driven to prove that the bad deeds outweigh those of good, tragedy is a part of human life.

I’m not going to spoil the rest of the movie since, you’re stuck in your house, just like everybody else during these unprecedented and difficult times, leaving you plenty of chance to watch through hundreds of movie catalog available in different streaming services. But to give you the synopsis, the main character Dea, hence the title of the movie, is going to a difficult time after losing his mother to illness and concurrently failing an engagement with his fiance.

What drew me in this movie is not just the character’s grievance to losing his mother, but his yearning to move as far away from home to turn a new chapter in his life. I had the same mentality when I was grieving my mother’s sudden death and subsequently followed by being laid off from my job. I know I’m not alone in this. I wanted to escape, to run away from this place to flee from the problem and dilemmas I was going through.

I am not alone in this. I’m pretty sure somebody out there has the same mentality, Especially with the current state we are in with the global pandemic. People have lost their jobs overnight. I have friends who lost their loved ones to this virus and are anxiously awaiting the condition of other loved ones who are battling for their lives with the virus. We want to escape the current state we are in, to disassociate ourselves from the hardship and relieve ourselves from a heavy burden we are experiencing at the moment.

It takes time to heal, to recover, to recuperate. There are no shortcuts with tragedies and there are no substitutes. Just as my mother’s death, this virus came fast and unexpected. Abruptly interrupting everybody’s lives without notice. Time heals. Looking back now, there is nothing more fulfilling than to overcome a very difficult moment in your life because you know you’ve been through the worst. You know you’ve been through the worst and accepted it as part of your narrative.  That is why great stories come from tragedies. Shakespeare became famous because of tragedies because it is based on real figures in history. Dave Chapelle became a famous comedian because he made skits of racism. And let’s not forget The Office became very famous because we can simply relate to characters we deal at work and the dynamics of an unexpected situation that may arise.

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