If Art Imitates Life, How Does Life Inspire You?

Listening to Pandora internet radio just now, this song came on.

However I couldn’t place the movie from which it came. It reminded me of The Road to Perdition (2002) and this especially poignant last monologue.

“I saw then that my father’s only fear was that his son would follow the same road. And that was the last time I ever held a gun. People always thought I grew up on a farm. And I guess, in a way, I did. But I lived a lifetime before that, in those six weeks on the road in the winter of 1931. When people ask me if Michael Sullivan was a good man, or if there was just no good in him at all, I always give the same answer. I just tell them… he was my father.”

But that wasn’t it either. Instead, I found it in the closing scene of American Beauty, that beautiful, haunting film from 1999.

Sitting here at my desk in the SUCCESS offices, I’m not sure what to do with that song in my head and that movie scene on my mind. I don’t have a clever way to link the two for you or explain why this belongs on the SUCCESS blog, other than to serve as a reminder how music, words and film have a powerful effect on us. The key is channeling the emotion it evokes and using it in your creative outlet.

So, if you’re a writer, a musician, an artist or a motivational speaker, watch this and share what emotion it evokes for you. Does it push you to live life to the fullest, or does it serve as a painful reminder of how fleeting life can be? At SUCCESS, we’re always looking for the lesson or the takeaway. So, let this be an exercise. What are you inspired to do today?


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for SUCCESS.com. Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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