Me Before You

Warning: if you have not watched Me Before You, there are spoilers here, so beware.

Oh, my heart. The other day, I watched Me Before You. Have you seen it? It’s this one:

It broke my heart. I cried & cried. I was stunned & I didn’t want to do anything, but sit & think about all of the things that movie was making me think about.

To get it out of the way, I just want to say it; I don’t think it had to end the way it did. I don’t think he had to make the choice he did. Though he felt there was nothing else for him, I think there could have been.

Imagine the world without Joni Eareckson-Tada.

What worth she’s found her difficult circumstances. In her quadriplegia, she taught herself to paint by holding a paint brush in her teeth. Me Before You - Creative Outpour

She has recorded music, got married & written a ton of books. On top of that, her testimony has been an encouragement to many, many people.

Me Before You - Creative Outpour

So yeah, I don’t agree; with his choice to opt out of his new circumstances in life.

Also, I so identified with her. She is sanguine & hopeful & she wants to fix all the broken things about people & about life. She is quirky & does things a little different. She sticks her foot in her mouth & makes the wrong choices sometimes, but at least she tries to live her ideals. She makes the world better & helps people — even if it costs her. She’s dreamy & creative & romantic & willing & does not give up–not on her goals, not on people. I get that. She’s good for him. She could have been the making of him, had he let her.

What if it does though? What if what we can’t imagine is not as dreadful as we think? What is there is greater joy in passing through the darkness than there was before it? What if these circumstances are what was required to cause you to let go of all the things in your heart & life that were preventing you from living your best life; from being your best self? We can’t know how life can change us, how differently we may feel in the next weeks, months, years. I do not currently have any debilitating ailments, but I have suffered trauma that made me wish I was dead on more than one occasion. I’m so glad I chose to keep going.

My mom used to quote the words from the song, “The Morning After” by Maureen McGovern:

There’s got to be a morning after If we can hold on through the night We have a chance to find the sunshine Let’s keep on lookin’ for the light.

Oh, can’t you see the morning after It’s waiting right outside the storm Why don’t we cross the bridge together And find a place that’s safe and warm

It’s not too late, we should be giving Only with love can we climb It’s not too late, not while we’re living Let’s put our hands out in time

There’s got to be a morning after We’re moving closer to the shore I know we’ll be there by tomorrow And we’ll escape the darkness We won’t be searchin’ any more.

There’s got to be a morning after.

Here’s the song:

 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you & not to harm you, plans to give you hope & a future.  Then you will call on me & come & pray to me, & I will listen to you.  You will seek me & find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-14

About Jacqueline Presley

Owner/Author Creative Outpour. Member of Arkansas Women Bloggers & Northwest Arkansas Bloggers. Jacqueline lives in Springdale, AR with her husband Spencer & her two children Katie (9) & Jackson (7).

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