After a long day writing, it was time to veg out in front of whatever the TV had to offer. After an entrée of “Two And A Half Men” – the following film was, “The Fast and Furious.” Sure I had it on DVD; I think I even have it on Blu-ray. I could watch it without the annoying adverts. But I was tired.
So I began to watch it.
Didn’t watch the whole film. Didn’t need to. But I watched it until I got what I needed to hear. In a rare moment of opening up to Brian, Dom Torreto (played by Vin Diesel) explains the tragedy of his past. Happy memories obscured by a life event that lost him his father, lost him his self control, and then cost him his freedom when he was sent to jail for assault.
With the past sullied and the future unsure, Dom delivers this line:
“I live my life a quarter mile at a time, nothing else matters. Not the mortgage, not the store, not the team and all their bullshit. For those ten seconds or less…. I’m free.”
The movie is one of mixed morals, conflicted characters, and variable values – but I like it. I haven’t met a perfect person yet. I experienced a sympathetic resonance with Dom – a man torn between worlds, wishes and what to do next. His strategy? To live his life a quarter mile at a time.
For him it was the quarter mile of the road race, but I think he was speaking generally too.
I’ve got ‘issues’ with my past. I don’t like how it went. Can’t change that – though I can change the lens I see it through. I’ve got doubts about my future. But I can, and I will, live my present life a quarter mile at a time.
What does the next quarter mile hold for you?
That’s not even taking a day at a time. If you ran as fast as Roger Bannister at his best, that’s the next minute! If you drove as fast as Dom, that’s 10 seconds. I can live 10 seconds to a minute at a time when the going gets tough. And if working out the next quarter mile is too confusing, I think the next quarter of an hour is more than enough!