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lust for life.

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Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a f*cking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of f*cking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the f*ck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f*cking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, f*cked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life…

-Renton, Trainspotting opening scene

That’s the opening narration of the movie Trainspotting, during the opening scene where Renton and Spud were chased by the police for shoplifting. The movie is great, painful to watch in some scenes (especially when they’re detoxing Renton cold-turkey..yikezzz).┬áHere’s a little sneak peek.

The opening music was this piece by Iggy Pop, “godfather of punk” and Renton’s favorite singer (he mentioned it somewhere in the movie I guess). It was an iconic song from his album in late 70’s, and the video I think was taken when the track was used for the movie. Iggy Pop sure looks like toned down version of Steven Tyler (what the hell does this mean? not as scary perhaps. LoL. sorry Steven :p).

Well, in short he chose not to choose life (Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?). But it didn’t work. Moral of the story is, as my professor and academic advisor put it, “You can’t fight nature. The system has been there long before you. The only way to succeed is to follow the system.

The truth is that I’m a bad person. But, that’s gonna change – I’m going to change. This is the last of that sort of thing. Now I’m cleaning up and I’m moving on, going straight and choosing life. I’m looking forward to it already. I’m gonna be just like you. The job, the family, the f*cking big television. The washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electric tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisure wear, luggage, three piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing gutters, getting by, looking ahead, the day you die.

-Renton, Trainspotting ending scene

And that’s how the movie ends. Don’t worry peeps, this is no spoiler. The movie isn’t about those lines. It is about things in between those lines. It is about being a young adult, the arrogance, the rebellion, and the apathy perhaps. It’s about the lust for life, the dreams, achievement, success, love or the lack thereof. I do think many of us has started like the opening lines and has or will perhaps end like the closing lines. But I start to believe it does not make us just “like everybody” (I’m gonna be just like you). Being a commoner is disaster for some, it takes away big part of the lust for life. But only if we fail to let go the stereotype within ourselves. With many of you peeps, even the most common ones of you all are still different, unique, and special. Have your own way to do things, and your own thoughts to response things. So please use less sentence like, I’m just an ordinary/simple boy/girl. Nobody is ordinary. Nobody is simple. I don’t believe it. Like a status, it’s complicated.

But still, it’s me. Maybe you still like to see yourself as simple, cause it won’t complicate your mind, even if you are not that simple. Like Einstein said, “Things should be made simple but not simpler“.




Written by dj

December 17, 2009 at 1:25 am

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