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A few weeks ago, I decided to put together a blog post about what I thought the song or movie title would be to summarize my life story.
I had various songs in mind, but I was having trouble picking out the one. How can you summarize a whole life in one song or movie title?
For me, there is no one and single choice. At different stages in my life the song or movie title describing my life story would not remain the same.
I can only choose the present, the person I am today. In 10 years I would answer differently. At least, I hope I will. Showing that I am growing, evolving, changing for the better.
This got me thinking – what kinds of songs or movie title encompass other lives?
I decided to ask others in the blogosphere to name their song or movie title of their life story and share with me why.
Here is mine along with seven others, in their own words.
Sheri (Me) – Movie Title: The Matrix
Wait what? Why?
Well let me tell you. The idea that you can change your whole world by thinking differently about it very much applies to the road I have taken in life today.
The power of positive thinking, and reaffirmations of gratitude direct my path daily.
Awakening to the possibility that not everyone in my environment is well-meaning is a huge factor. My life story changes from phase to phase and that is why I chose this movie.
Social consensus are falsehoods that mask our true nature with society telling us who we are, not letting us be who we are meant to.
I have finally developed the courage to break away from external pressures to be myself, live and enjoy this self-reflective adventure called life.
The Matrix is multi-layered, as are we. So that is the title of my life story as of today.
Here are the responses from my other blogger friends….Enjoy!
Skye from Goodnight The Skye – Song: Renegades by Feeder
I chose Renegades because it’s not motivational in the conventional sense. It talks a lot about how much easier it is to conform and how much bravery it takes to stand out, and as a queer person who runs an alternative culture blog that idea really speaks to me.
Just like the song says, it took a long time for me to realise that while I could be different and belong to the mainstream, my existence and interests are not the threat to others they are made out to be.
When faced with the knowledge that I could be more successful following the ‘blogger stereotypes’, listening to Renegades inspires me to be true to my heart and my content, even if it puts me somewhat on the fringe of the community. Likewise, whenever I’m filled with doubt leaving the house in red lipstick and a black leather ensemble, I remember that what others might think is not important – as long as I know who I am.
This is a song that’s been with me since I was little, and it’s only become more relevant to me as I’ve grown up. I’m never going to be a saint or a profit, I’m a burlesque-loving goth freak, and that’s completely okay.
Dominique from Journey With D – Song: Strength, Courage, and Wisdom by India Arie
For a long time I never used my voice. I never made decisions that helped me, I always let someone else do that for me. At the age of 21,
I finally found what was inside of me all along; strength, courage and wisdom to do what I was created to do.
I’m no longer afraid to progress in life regardless of what people say. I am me and nobody can be me better than me. I’m so glad I can say that at 25!!!
Aakiee from I Lifestyle Site – Song: Beautiful Life by Nick Fradiani
I am 20 years old, a passionate Programmer/Designer/Learner and Dreamer. My life is full of colorful and adventures and I am enjoying every bit of it.
The reason why I enjoy my life is simple I just focus on positive things and seek positivism around me. It’s in our hands that how we see the world and we can solve all problems if we stop overthinking and overreacting.
I have turned my life 360 degrees to live it fully by following simple rules of positivism and helping others. So, for all the reader. You must enjoy life and cherish your each day, because You Only Live Once!
Amber from Thrifty Guardian – Movie: Brave
I may be seen as a bit too old for cartoons, but I would say Brave best represents my life! I am free spirited, bordering on stubborn, and extremely inspired by the world around me.
I refuse to be controlled by my debt or lack of time; I know where my passions lie (helping others gain control of their own lives!) and I’ll do whatever it takes to live those dreams.
April from April Speaks – Song: Anak by Freddie Aguilar
The song which I think best describe the story of my life is “Anak” by Freddie Aguilar, which has also an English version. It’s the story of my life because like in the song, my parent did everything they could to mold me and to nurture me to become who I am today.
It also tells what I have become despite the sacrifices my parents have done for me. I personally love the song because it serves me as a reminder to respect my parent no matter what.
This song has really awaken my senses to correct myself, that I should change the way I treat my parents.
Pam from Optimistic Cat – Song:The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
The story of my life song is called The Middle by Jimmy Eat World. As a 43 year old single mom for the past 7 years, I just recently went back to school to get my degree.
Just as I am feeling overwhelmed by the constant financial struggles I am facing day to day; I am feeling overwhelmed by the new challenges going back to school brings.
In this song, I am reminded that it’s ok to be yourself and do what is best for you, not what you think others want you to do. I am also reminded that things in life take time, but in the end, everything will be alright.
To me this song is about learning to believe in yourself and what you can do as long as you always do your best.
Never worry about what others think of you, because everyone is going to judge you in some small way or another. What matters at the end of the day is you and what makes you happy!
Aisha from Conflict Chicks – Song: Video by India Arie
This song best describes my life. Media, friends and even family will make you feel less than because you don’t live up to their beauty standards.
As a young woman, I found it hard to be comfortable in my own skin; constantly comparing myself to someone taller, thinner, more fashionable, bigger personality or most popular.
Until one day it just became to much, it took so much effort to be or attempt to be someone else other than myself. I decided to accept ME as I was created! It was empowering!
I realized how much style & personality I had. I valued myself more & so did others. I live my life own my terms, creating my own beauty standard.
And there they are! All the interesting responses I received.
As you can see, this list is eclectic. We are of different ages and backgrounds and identify with songs and movies for various reasons.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to return to this list in a year for an update on whether we would change the title choices made here?
Do you have a song or movie title you use to encapsulate your life story?
Share it with me in the comments section below, I am interested in your choice and why!
I’m not sure I can think of any one song or movie title. It would definitely have to be something about being busy or having a million things going on at once.
This is such a unique idea, never thought of this! I cannot think of a film that could define me.
This is so very hard. I really need to think on this. I don’t know. I’m going to talk to my hubby tonight and brainstorm.
Haha, I love this! I wouldn’t have a clue how to describe my life story though.
What an interesting perspective on things! Right now I’m feeling pretty sorry for myself so it would be ‘Misery’, lol!
Oh no Elizabeth! I hope whatever phase you are going through in life changes for the better and becomes a more positive situation for you. Wishing you all the best. Have a great day and weekend, xoxox S.
What a fascinating idea, and I love these stories! I’m going to spend some time thinking about my own life story now!
When you come up with a title, please share it with me…I am so curious 🙂
I like that you took the time to pick great classics for your life . Now the matrix that was an interesting pick 🙂
I haven’t heard any of those songs or seen any of those movies. But now I;m intrigued!
You haven’t heard of The Matrix Divya? Ok, now I am shocked.
Omg bravo I love that you used great songs for you
I would use my line name, Resilience. No matter what life hurls at me, I come back harder and stronger (even if it takes me awhile). Definitely made me think for a second though!
Gosh what an inspiring post! I am about to write a book and have been toiling with titles as well. I can’t imagine what song I’d use to describe my life. something to ponder 🙂
I tend to agree with the Jimmy Eat World song, I’ve always said that’s my anthem. I also like to say and Beatles song, because, The Beatles.
Umm you got me thinking. I particularly like Joni Mitchell’s – clouds got my way song. I pick that one for me 🙂
Hmm, I’m not sure what song my life would be. The only one that pops in my mind is Do-Re-Me which doesn’t make sense. But it is 7 AM and I haven’t had my caffeine yet, so…
This is interesting. While reading your post, I was running in my head what would it be my life’s story title. But still can’t figure it out, hahaaha.. Maybe because I just want to enjoy every chapters of it, either good and bad, and I don’t wanna complicate things. I guess, “NO LABEL” LOL
I love that you picked a movie/song to tell you life story as you see it. It’s so introspective and creative. This was a very entertaining post that I enjoyed reading very much! Thanks so much for sharing the details of your life.
Now you’ve really got me thinking! I think it would be a song title over a movie title but I’ll need a few days to think about that one!
This is a great idea, at the moment I cannot think of a film that could define what I want to achieve. But I could definitely choose a soundtrack that would represent my life, it would definitely be the one from the film Amelie!
Thats’s such a cool concept and project you came up with! I mean, there’s such difference bewteen the answers you get, but it’s all so interesting! If I had to choose, I may pick up Brave or better a French movie called Rock the Casbah. It’s definitely my life and what I want to achieve !
I’m with you on The Matrix, it’s one of my favourite films too, and for pretty much the reasons as yours; as for a song, I’m going through a few sad emotional family issues right now, and so it would be “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones, it suits my mood perfectly at present, although I’m also listening to lots of Pink Floyd lately too with “Wish you were Here” being my favourite song.
Interesting – it also looks like India Arie resonates with a few people since she was mentioned twice. I also loved the “Brave” answer. The Matrix makes sense too 🙂 The comments on this post have been fun to read too. I have no idea what mine would be 😛 Have to think and get back to you 😉
Mine would be Gone with the Wind.. I just like Sara O’Hara’s character – brave and ambitious
It is an evocative post, Sheri. If you asked my title, it will have to be the song (Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai), hauntingly beautiful number from an Indian film- Dost. The film is about a young man who is never short of goodness and even risks his life to save the career of his friend who is drunkard.
Never thought of this, set me thinking now, though I think I may end up with multiple titles/movies as well as multiple songs. After all Life is made up of different scenes, more like theatre then the movies.
seriously sheri, i have no real idea of a movie or song that best describes me but if i were to give it a try , i will have to live it to you to decipher though, my life is just that very quiet one with less of the activity in it all. hopefully something from the country-side… i will be glad if i get one from you, at the end of the day, this post is so so great, that now i feel like i can get to have something like this also… great post, keep writting.
This is such a cool concept! What comes to my mind for us Mission Impossible for right now. I moved to a new country to go back to school with and 18month old and 7yr old. People said it was impossible but by the Grace of God It’s gone great! So what people told me was impossible has been possible! Ps. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment!
This is such an awesome and unique concept! I can’t even begin to think about what movie or song would encompass my story!
Thank you for your kind words. I am sure there probably isn’t one song that would not necessarily summarize your entire life, but maybe you can think of one that summarizes your month so far? 🙂
I really like this. I would never be able to pick a title .. something crazy! haha
Like which one Melissa? 🙂
I’ve been thinking about this post since I read it yesterday…and I came up with the Sound of Music. My husband and I break out in song all the time! jodie
I live in Austria! Where the film was made. Do you know that a lot of Austrians are not as familiar with the movie as Americans are? LOL 🙂
Very creative and interesting post!! I agree that at different times in my life I’ve had the life of different movies or books. I can’t think of a movie that fits my life right now, but 2014 was the year of crises. I used to say that we had unwittingly subscribed to the Crisis a Month Club. My dh lost his job in 2015 and was out of work for almost a year. The name of that would be something like OOooh, There it Went! This year my fibro or arthritis or osteoperosis and my TMJ back pain and headaches all got worse so I’d call this year so far, OWIES.
I am sorry to hear that about your husband Jojo. I am glad he has been able to find something. I am also sad to hear that you are going through pain. When I read your posts, you seem to have a positive attitude toward life, and I applaud you for that. Stay Strong. Sending you hugs from thousands of miles away. xoxox S.
What an interesting thing to think about! This could definitely help people figure out their personal goals too, like what song/movie title they aspire their life to reflect. I agree on your analysis of choice when it came to the Matrix. It was a needed reminder of “life is what you make it”.
Exactly Katie. That is why I chose that movie for myself at this point in time. Who knows what it will be a year, five years, or ten years from now. 🙂
This is so cute! I love it! to hear other people’s comments on what their lives would be titled as if it was a song or a movie, really makes me ponder on that question and makes me take a quick inventory of my life. A very thoughtful yet fun question.
Thank you for the positive comments. If you think of a title that would suit you best,please share it with me. 🙂
I wouldn’t have a clue on what title of movie or song best describes me. You give me something to think about.
Love that but I sat here thinking about it and there is no way I could come up with one. I think because I have alot of years and we change so much, all the time.
Love it! I’m torn between Through it all by Colton Dixon or The Princess Bride.
Love this! I am writing a collection of short stories about different things and my life and I am not a creative title writer, but it hit me! Every part has a song. The song may not necessarily describe the event or even been around during the event, but it reminds me of that person or event!
Ha! This post is insanely creative!!! Honestly… I don’t think I could TITLE my life right now … Because it’s still going and I am not sure where it’s going to end up! Hopefully though, my life’s movie title is something along the lines of: ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE – ha ha!
Very nice post and a brilliant idea indeed !! Hm , amazing answers , how everybody can relate to certain songs or movies 🙂 I love yours , Mrs. Matrix 🙂 a very wise one ! Don’t let others tell you how to live your life !!! All together another excellent post by Sheri <3 Always a great pleasure visiting your site :*