The big idea asked in the Limitless trailer:
“How many of us ever know what it is to become the perfect version of ourselves?”
In the beginning of the movie, Limitless, Bradley Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a wanna-be writer living in a filthy apartment, making no inroads on his novel and recently getting over his girlfriend dumping him. He runs into his former brother-in-law on the street and his brother-in-law, after looking Eddie up and down and asking a few questions says, “Most of us only use 20 percent of our brains, what if you used
all of it?”
and then handed Eddie a small clear pill.
(I would use your vid-angel subscription to edit some of the sex and violence.)
To answer the questions at the end of the trailer—”Worth the risk? What would you do?”
Of course, drugs are never worth the risk. C’mon people!
But I really, really, really like a lot about the movie. One of the first things Eddie did was to clean up his apt. With his newly awakened state, he looked around his living space and was shocked at what he had been wallowing in.
I liked how he became aware of what the world has to offer us with culture, language, “math becoming useful”, and meeting new people.
Eddie also got greedy, used a Ukrainian loan shark and didn’t get enough sleep or remember to eat. All of which helped spiral him out of control.
As I thought through my favorite parts of the movie, I liked Eddie becoming aware, looking around and taking charge. In his previous state, he couldn’t get motivated. He was in a fog and was simply existing. But in his awakened state, it was like he couldn’t get enough of what is in front of all of us everyday.
Ok, since taking a special drug to improve ourselves is a disaster, how do we start becoming our best selves? We have obligations, family, work, and things we don’t want to do every day. With all of these responsibilities it can make it hard for us to see the limitless possibilities in ourselves.
I would like to explore this idea in the next few posts. It’s more than making New Year’s resolutions.
Really it’s our life’s work to become better and better as we age. Here is a small step:
In “Reinventing Yourself“, author Steve Chandler talks about changing our language—becoming “owners” of our life, rather than “victims”:
“Owners use the words ‘I can’ a lot, while victims favored ‘I can’t.’ Owners had goals, projects, and challenges, whereas victims had problems, hassles, and nightmares. Owners said they were busy, and victims said they were swamped. Owners were ‘designing a life,’ while victims were ‘trying to make a living.’ Owners were psyched and excited about changes in the workplace, while victims were worried and ticked off. Owners looked to see what they could get from an experience, while victims tried to get through it. Owners would plan things and victims would wish things.”
Currently, in 2019, I am working on the best version of myself. Changing my language is a good place to start. What do you do that helps you feel limitless? Please share!