This past weekend I watched the movie “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle”. I was pleasantly surprised by how funny and entertaining it was.
The movie is about a group of four high school kids that find an old video game console and get sucked inside the game. In order to be able to return to the real world, they need to beat it.
The problem is that just like in a video game, they have 3 lives, and if they lose them all, it is game over.
When the kids make it to the last level, they all only have 1 life left. Therefore, staying alive is imperative now more than ever.
To end the game, Spencer needs to place a stone in a statue, but first, he must get around a pack of vicious jaguars.
Spencer becomes terrified and tells his friend Fridge that he is not brave enough to do so.
“It’s a lot easier to be brave when you have lives to spare. It’s a lot harder… when you only have one life,” says Spencer.
“We always only have one life, man. Okay? That’s all we get. That’s how it works. The question is, how are you gonna live it? Which guy are you gonna decide to be?” replied Fridge.– “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” movie
When I heard this, so many questions rushed through my head.
How would I live my life differently if I had 3 lives instead of 1? What risks would I take? (Personally, I would try skydiving, and I would have for sure traveled alone a lot more!)
However, that also makes me wonder if I would be a lot more reckless with my life, knowing that if I lose a life, I would still have 2 more. Would I speed up on the freeway just to feel that rush of adrenaline? The world would definitely be a more dangerous place if everyone thought this way.
Then I looked at the other side of the coin. The part when Fridge said, “we always only have one life…how are you going to live it?”
And this may sound stupid, but I then thought to myself “I only have 1 life left”.
For a second I felt fear, not to die necessarily, but fear of not being able to accomplish the things I want to do, fear of not being the best version of me, fear of not doing enough good in this world.
I think it would do us all good to remind ourselves once in a while that we only get 1 chance in life. And so we should not waste it.