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To Catch a Big Fish

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 by in Life, Media | 0 comments

A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal.


Big Fish

Big Fish. Photo by Sarah Tung.


I finally got around to watching Big Fish with R. The film happens to be one of his favorite movies, featuring Ewan McGregor as the lead character, Ed Bloom. When it first came out in 2003 I was still a teenager, so the subject matter didn’t seem so appealing to me. Back then, I honestly thought it was going to be dull, serious and a tearjerker – none of which tempted me to watch it. But revisiting it about a decade later, I approached it with more of an open mind and was glad I did.

Big Fish teaches you that your perspective can change how you remember a situation (in this case, for the better). Dream big and trust your instincts, that you can accomplish what you have set out to do. Along the way, you may face detours that you think may have been mistakes, leading you to wander away from your path, but even then you may learn something new. It’s all about the journey, after all. The destination will come later.

Three Key Takeaways:

  1. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Don’t be complacent and live your whole life comfortably, shying away from taking risks. You’ll never know what you could be or what you are capable of accomplishing until you start doing.
  2. You are responsible for your own life choices. People around you may not always understand or approve of the choices you make in life, but ultimately the decision is yours and yours alone. Others can throw in their two cents and advise you all they want (and many may mean well) but at the end of the day you must decide for yourself.
  3. Always believe that you are a big fish. In other words, project confidence – even if you don’t feel it. As the saying goes, you’ve got to “fake it ‘til you make it.”

What is YOUR story? What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind when you leave this world?

Big Fish got me pondering all these thoughts and more…


Dreams are what keep a man going. ― Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish

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