Sunday night the family (jokingly) argued over what to watch on Netflix. Geoff is perpetually reminding people that he is incredibly particular about what music he listens to and the movies he watches. The rest of us are perpetually reminding him that his musical and entertainment tastes make absolutely no sense whatsoever. For example, that night Geoff’s mom and I wanted to watch Home Alone, a classic Christmas movie. Geoff, who has never seen Home Alone, insisted that it was lame, a kids movie, I don’t remember his entire list of grievances. I countered with the fact that the movie’s humor nearly mimicked that of one of his favorites, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: people getting hit in the face with two by fours, or performing other feats likely incapable by actual laws of physics (or at least without requiring an ambulance ride). Regardless, Home Alone was not on Netflix, so Geoff won that argument. So what did Mr. “I don’t want to watch kids movies” pick instead? “A Very Merry Pooh Year.” Yes, Winnie the Pooh’s holiday movie.
The premise of this movie revolves around Pooh’s adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods, trying to consume as much honey (or “hunny” as it may be) as possible. At some point, the characters (though Owl was missing, I wonder if that guy flies South for the winter?) piss off ornery Rabbit with their normal shenanigans, who threatens to move away until the spring. Sad that their cranky friend is packing his bags, Pooh convinces his pals that they all must make New Years Resolutions to stop doing whatever it is that upsets Rabbit..which coincidentally were all the things that made these crazy characters exactly who they are. Tigger gives up bouncing, Piglet gives up being afraid, Eeyore gives up being gloomy, and of course, Pooh gives up eating honey.
And they all become miserable.
Eventually, Rabbit gets caught in a tree, Piglet worries, Pooh eats some honey, Tigger saves the day (and Rabbit) by bouncing, and Eeyore gets depressed about the whole situation. Rabbit realizes he loves his friends just the way the are, shortcomings, annoying habits, and all. Christopher Robin comes along with some “Silly old bear” comment, and reminds the gang that they shouldn’t try to change themselves for other people, they are perfect just the way they are.
And they were all happy again. (Except for Eeyore, unless you consider the fact that perhaps he is happy being miserable.)
It’s that time of year where we all see a brand new, shiny, unblemished year ahead of us. Though in reality, January first is no different than December 31st, other than the fact 24 hours have passed, but for many people the New Year is a cathartic fresh start. As I think of all of the things I hope to change in the coming year, I am reminded, by Winnie the Pooh no less, that the one thing we should keep in mind while resolving to change, is to remain true to ourselves. Making changes to improve your health, improve your living situation (or that of your family), further your career, or to do something you’ve always wanted to do but have never done, are all commendable goals (just to name a few). But also remember, you are also loved by many exactly as you are this very moment. To quote another one of my childhood favorites:
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss
Merry Christmas my friends.
(and thank you for all of your support regarding my post last week. It means the world to me to know that I am loved and supported despite my faults.)