The Art of Longevity

Isn’t there something really wonderful about the concept of longevity? I mean, when you hear of a couple being married for 50 years, don’t you just want to give them a hug and then grab a chair to hear them share their story.

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Earlier this year, I saw a film at a local theater that tends to show movies  that aren’t so mainstream. Boyhood was a twelve year project about a boy navigating the turbulent waters of childhood and adolescence. The beauty of this project was the same cast performed throughout the project. And what’s more, every year the cast and crew worked together to craft the script for that year’s filming. When it came out in DVD, I watched it again with my youngest. Her review was mediocre at best, and that made me contemplate what I liked so much about the film. Longevity was the answer.

I loved that each cast member, the director, the producers, were committed to this long term project. They wouldn’t enjoy the praise of critics, the revenue from ticket sales, the satisfaction of a completed project for years to come, yet this didn’t stop them from doing it. They had a vision and continued until they reached the end, Mason’s entrance into adulthood. I imagine that at its conclusion, each participant was a little surprised by the final product.

In art and life, longevity is worth pursuing.

What if we didn’t opt for the Ramen Noodles of life, those quick projects that only require a little boiled water, and voilà – a filling, salty, quick activity that in the long run, has little value and will be forgotten? What if we just invested our time in something that isn’t instant, that doesn’t give us immediate applause or recognition?

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What if we chose things that took commitment and time for the pure joy of doing them? What if we let go of our constricting expectations and simply allowed the process to unfold, naturally, organically?

A long term commitment to a task or an artistic endeavor can be a beautiful thing, but you’ll never know unless you try. The results may not be immediate or even as you expected they would be, but the process is where the joy can be found.

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