Saturday, April 24, 2010


There's nothing like a good idea to get you out of bed in the morning.  And let me tell you, I have trouble getting up most days.  Today, especially, I should have hit the snooze button a gajillion times before dragging myself out of bed - it's a Saturday for one.  Also, I went to sleep at like 3 last night.  But, what can I say, it's a great feeling having something to look forward to when you wake up in the morning.  With no further ado...

I got the chance to see Avatar last night (1st time) and it didn't disappoint.  The CGI was amazing and the story was moving.  Yes, there were some corny lines and the screaming/ crying all the time got annoying in places.  But the movie was really much better than I had expected from hearing critical opinions.

But I've also heard that a lot of people get depressed after watching the movie because they wish they could live in a place like Pandora.  It makes sense, that place was friggin' cool.  But there are things we can do to live in a place more like Pandora.  Yeah, you know where I'm going with this.

Earth day was a couple of days ago, and I hope it opened some people's eyes to what we're doing to our home.  And maybe Avatar can influence some people to take better care of it, too (especially since the dvd came out on earth day!)  There are a lot of different things we can do to help our planet, including recycling, using less energy by turning off lights and appliances we aren't using, using less water, buying green cleaning products, buying organic food, using reusable bags instead of plastic ones at the store, buying a reusable water bottle rather than the ones we throw away.

There are a lot of things we can do to help the planet.  But I think another reason why people feel depressed after watching Avatar might be that they wish they could be that connected to the things and people around them.  But we can.  America is a very individualistic place, but our relationships with others are so important.  Maybe there's a friend you haven't talked to in a while, or maybe you haven't spoken to a family member in years, or maybe there's just a person down the hall from you or down the road who looks like they need a friend.  Let's not forget the rich history of our human race and the connections we can make with others here.  Fantasy is a great thing, but sometimes we need to keep our heads out of the clouds and focus on what we have here.

So renew a relationship that you have maybe been neglecting or heal one that has been crumbling.  Do what you can to stay connected to the people around you.  Volunteer and give money to charity.  Support peace among nations.  We can stay connected to other people and to our planet in many ways.  So reconnect with your home and the important people in your life today!

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