The rate at which these days are flying by makes me think that i’m probably in a rocket on my way to the galaxy. I mean, how are we here, on the last day of April? I have definitely had a beautiful month, it has been poetry month and i’m proud of myself for sharing some poems with y’all. Today I am sharing the lessons I have learnt from some films and books that I have come across this month – they are surely my best sources of life lessons. What are yours?

Book: The Millennium Trilogy

The first lesson I learnt is about analysis of consequences. This is from Lisbeth Salander, one of the characters in the millennium series by Stieg Larsson – The girl with a dragon tattoo, the girl who played with fire and the girl who kicked the hornets’ nest. I was amused by how Lisbeth, though having gone through a lot of injustices, would measure the consequences of her actions before making any move. She is a masterpiece in the world of crime thriller and I totally loved her despite her imperfections.

From the same series, I have learnt about the power of defending what you stand for and what you believe in. Mikael Blomkvist, a fierce investigative journalist, definitely inspires me to have the kind of passion he has. He is ruthless when it comes to exposing those who have taken advantage of the economic, social, political systems regardless of whether this puts his life in danger.

Film: Hotel Mumbai

On the consequences of hate and religious fanatism, there is no better way I would have learnt about this than in Hotel Mumbai. This film left me scourged for a few days because of how intense it was. I left the cinema asking myself why it seems so hard for people to love each other. I made a personal decision to treat everyone I come across with love and respect because we are all the same people whether we want to believe it or not. Honestly, this film’s depiction of terror shook me to the core and made me realize that we all need love and education in order to know how to think for ourselves and not be easily brainwashed.

When you start to treat yourself better, you start to treat others better.

These are the main lessons I learnt this month. I am pushing myself to get access to more stories in order to make myself better. I believe that storytelling is the best form of expression and we should all embrace it in order to not only learn but also teach through our own stories. Share what you have learnt as well and let’s make each other better humans!


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