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Pack of Pop: An Entertainment Blog

Again, I will start with a cheesy line from a song to introduce this blog about quotations from movies and television but like I said before I think it just proves my point even more about the importance of quotes.

I have them plastered around my room, on my facebook and myspace and even taped to my desktop monitor. If there were room on my laptop, I’d have them there too.

The quote above doesn’t have a story attached to it; it is simply a lyric from a song that you can apply however you like. How it applied to my life a year ago is not how it applied to Billy Joel’s life or how it might apply to your life but it explains to a tee the point of the quotes I am about to talk about. Life is hard and starting over is hard but it is how we live our lives, constantly in flux.

Movies and television shows provide us with story lines through which we can filter our own life stories. Quotes from these shows seem so specific to the time and place of the characters, but they aren’t. When taken out of context they still stand true; they hold the same meanings. The quotes mentioned below talk of growing up and learning to be yourself even when other people don’t want you to. They take another person’s troubles and makes them connect to yours.

At this time in life, we’re growing up and learning about ourselves. There is so much going on and so many things to discover but perhaps the most important thing we can ever remember is this: “Growing up sucks.” This is just the beginning of a quote from the show Dawson’s Creek.

So growing up sucks but Joey Potter, the typical girl-next-door gives it just a little more credit then that. “And not all kisses are magic, and most boys, do NOT live up to your expectations. But…there are those times when everything, I mean…love, romance, relationships…it all falls together perfectly and…It’s incredible. And it’s those moments, no matter how depressingly few and far between… that make growing up worth it.”

Those moments are what we live for, defining moments. They change us. Maybe that is exactly why this quote so well describes the experience of growing up. It comes from a show about growing up and it reminds you that even in your hardest moments, it’s all worth it.

As college students we are constantly told our lives are just beginning. The question is when does it begin, how can we tell it is happening. The movie “Crazy-Beautiful” answers these questions.

“You can be anywhere when your life begin…when the future opens up in front of you. And you may not realize it at first but it’s already happening.”

Life doesn’t have an on/off switch and it doesn’t start when you graduate from college. Life is constantly changing and before you know it, it’s the middle of your story and you need to catch up.

One of the most memorable quotes from a teen movie is from the “Breakfast Club.” The movie is about the roles we play in high school as well as college. Everyone plays a role, whether it be journalist, sorority girl, athlete, the things we do define who we are and often whom we spend our time with.

The “Breakfast Club” perfectly describes the feeling of being stereotyped. “You see us as you want to see us…in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at seven o’clock this morning. We were brainwashed.”

Having the ability to overcome the roles and rise to your fullest potential is only possible when you look past the definitions.

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