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Sunday Chill: Taking the day off.

How the movie Ferris Bueller's day off can teach you the importance of living in the now and letting your inner child free.



Next month marks the thirtieth anniversary of the iconic Classic Ferris Bueller's day off. This is one of my absolute favorite John Hughes movies. There are so many elements to this movie that makes it so iconic; from the soundtrack to a young Matthew Broderick breaking the fourth wall. It even has a pre-winning-meltdown Charlie Sheen. The plot of the movie is simple yet elegant. Ferris Bueller pretends to be sick in order to skip school and spend a day with his girlfriend and best friend. The trio spends a spectacular day roaming the streets of Chicago having many wonderful adventures, while his sister and the school principal are convinced that Ferris is truanting and try to catch him in the act. This leads to a series of memorable and fun events.

When was the last time you took a day off?

This movie will make any kid and kid at heart want to skip school/work and have amazing adventures just as Ferries did. This got me thinking about the perfect day. When was the last time you did something spontaneous and spur of the moment? When was the last time you took a day off? Not something planned or because of an appointment or obligation, but a spur of the moment day off. I am not saying you should skip school or work, but ask yourself when was the last time you let your carefree spirit decide which way to go? Ferris had sort of a plan but he mostly hopped from one adventure to the next, not really knowing if it was going to work out or not. Yet he listened to his inner voice and the universe provided him with an amazing day. Do you remember the last time you let your inner kid decide what to do? It is time to let the kid in you speak.

Remember the carefree child within you

The thing with being young is that you live in the now. Somehow the older people get the harder it is for them to remember that. As a kid you live from moment to moment. If a child is playing outside it is not thinking about school the next day or that his clothes that are getting dirty. No that is far from the child's mind, because a child is carefree. The child is unaware of consequences. When we get older we are taught to plan ahead, think of the future, the consequences and responsibilities of life. Making it harder and harder to live in the now. This results in grownups that are more concerned with tomorrow then living today. However that carefree child, the one that played outside until bedtime, the one that jumped in puddles of water and laughed for no apparent reason, that kid still exists within you. That kid needs to be let loose once in a while.

How to let your inner kid free?

The carefree child within you is always ready to come out and play. You just have to let go of tomorrow and life for today. When you wake up to find a beautiful day greeting you, stop and enjoy it. If the world invites you to go on an adventure then go. Stop analyzing every move you make, stop thinking like an adult and more like a child. Ask yourself what would the young-me do right now? Trust that everything in your life will work out and let go of all those other thoughts holding you back. Tomorrow is tomorrow. Let yourself be guided by your inner innocence. Take Ferris as your role model and follow his carefree example and spend a day doing whatever you feel like, consequences be damned.

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. " - Ferris Bueller

With love, Ana

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