Friday night my friends and I watched the first two Batman films while playing the most ridiculous drinking game. Did you know the characters in Batman Begins really like to talk about fear? (DRINK!) And Christopher Nolan is an awfully big fan of showing off that Gotham City Skyline? (DRINK!) We didn’t either. Well, until it was too late. But none of that could have prepared us for the moment we learned that EVIL JOFFREY BARATHEON IS THE CUTE, INNOCENT LITTLE BOY IN THE FIRST MOVIE.
(CHUG ALL THE BEAR)
(and maybe cut yourself off because clearly chugging a beer = appropriate reaction, chugging a bear = certain death).
It was while I was sitting there, drinking to the bats and sandwiched between some of my favorite people, that I realized I was in a Moment. The kind of moment you wish you could fold up and carry with you in your pocket. The kind of moment that reminds you how wonderful the people in your life truly are and just how much you are going to miss them.
The highlight of the night, for me, came in the form of several mini-debates we shared throughout our movie marathon (is Christian Bale one of the greatest actors of our time? Just how important is Christopher Nolan’s trilogy? Best Joker moments? How big of an asshole is Jesse for unleashing major Game of Thrones spoilers FOR NO REASON? (just kidding Jesse, I forgive you. Sort of.)). My favorite by far was the Katie-Maggie debate. It turns out that pretty much everyone has some strong feelings on who is the better Rachel Dawes. Alliances were formed. Voices were raised. And of course we all agreed to disagree, as can be the only conclusion in the debate of the Rachels.
(For the record I am team Katie Holmes. TRY TO CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE)
What I am trying to say here is that I am so happy to have found people who love to passionately discuss movies as much as I do. You see, I have been thinking about passion a lot lately and the sorts of conversations that passion can foster. These are the interactions I crave. I strive to surround myself with passionate individuals. The kind of people who use their passions to turn their dream life in to reality and save the world. These are the people who do not fear diving head first in to real conversation.
I find that more often than not these people challenge me to be a better person, and I hope that I in turn inspire them as well. It is in these interactions that I always find my best ideas. Lately I have feared that the majority of my conversations hover in this weird place where the conversation isn’t necessarily shallow, but it doesn’t quite make it to the deep end, either. I miss the real talk.
And not just about television or movies either (even though I am aware that is what 80% of my conversations revolve around). I love getting past the surface and debating views on LGBT rights or debating what is more important – the environment or the economy. I love getting real passionate about the best way to spend a free Saturday afternoon or the top five moments of LOST. I love learning why people do what they do and discussing our big scary dreams and all that we plan to one day accomplish. And I will never tire of explaining why John Cusack sucks and Twitter > Facebook.
Friday night was a wonderful glimpse back in to that world of passionate conversation. Now how do I visit more often?
What about you? What are you passionate about? What kinds of conversations do you crave?