I finished watching this sequel of befores (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight) the past week. Others might find these movies boring as the actors do not really engage in too much action other than walking and talking. This movie is full of words and ideas which can make the viewers think which I really liked. The exchange of ideas or expression of different views through the characters made me disagree in my mind, some made me think twice, while some others made me nod in agreement. Albeit the fact that words dominated this movie, it was really engaging.

There are lines which really made me pause and reflect on it. One of which I’d like to ponder on deeper through writing.

Some people…”Come into it with big, idealist visions of becoming the leader that will create a better world. They enjoy the goal, but not the process. But the reality of it is the true work of improving things is in the little achievements. That’s what you need to enjoy.” (Cecile, Before Sunset)

A view outside my window.
When we were in kindergarten or grade school, we were always asked what we would like to be when we grow up. As little kids, we always dreamed big. We believed. We envisioned ourselves to become the person who would one day take the world by storm and conquer it! We were full of zest for life and passion to pursue our goals. Unfortunately, most of us lost this fire somewhere along the way.

And then from the lines of “I can do it”, we shift to…
What can I do? I’m just a/not  _____________________.

We can fill up the blanks with different adjectives and descriptions about how we think of ourselves.

What can I do? I don’t have ____________________.
This we can also continue by naming different things we complain about not having.

We can always have a thousand reasons why we think we can’t achieve something. But I think the common cause of not achieving is because we never start. We ignore the little things we can do not knowing they actually lead to greater things. We do not want to jump through all the hurdles to get to the finish line, we just want to leisurely walk and get there. Friends, I want to present to you the truth.


I want to encourage everyone to rejoice in every situation God will put you in. They are God’s own “training camp”. Go through the process. Enjoy it. Savour it. Take life one moment at a time. Live it. Love it. We are blessed because we have a Father who can make all our “impossible dreams” POSSIBLE.

When we stop complaining how impossible things seem, we will be able to think of a way to make it possible. When we stop worrying how to get there, we will be able to take that one little, important step to actually get there.

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