Well. I finally saw “You Can’t Take It With You”, the play that “Meet the Robinsons”, or should I say, “A Day With Wilbur Robinson”, was inspired by. And boy did I have a hard reaction to it. I had seen the movie already so I knew what to expect but for some reason seeing the play was a really different experience for me. I don’t know if it was because it played on my theatrical upbringing or because the movie was so dang long/boring but regardless all I wanted to do was run home and write down my thoughts about it. So, sorry about the long post…
I think that a lot of people miss one of the big lessons in “Meet the Robinsons”. The motto ‘Keep Moving Forward’ is important and clearly the forefront of the movie’s message but what people often overlook is what the Robinsons represent at their core. Acceptance and support are such huge things to them. They automatically support whomever they meet and they accept them for who they are, no matter what their interests are. In “You Can’t Take It With You”, this lesson is far more obvious. The whole play’s message was literally “you can’t take it with you”, meaning money and catering to society won’t be with you after death; So why not stop doing what you feel forced to do and instead do what you love?
Going back to MTR, Tallulah, for example, loves crazy clothing. And the Robinsons accept her because that’s who she is and that’s what she loves.
Gaston loves to shoots himself out of cannons and probably destroy half the house in the process. They accept him for who he is. While MTR definitely focuses more on the “Keep Moving Forward” message, they have that strong undertone of the “you can’t take it with you” message. And I really think that’s important for people to notice.
Maybe you have a turtle obsession. But you’re embarrassed about it or people think you’re stupid for liking it so much. SO WHAT. If that’s what makes you happy then by god, love those damn turtles to death!! Do what makes YOU happy! And keep close the people who accept you for who you are and disregard the rest.
I never really realized how much THAT part of MTR is in my life. I mean, I always sort of knew that that was the lesson that I was meant to teach others in this life, but I never really thought about how much that lesson is FOR ME to learn first.
I mean… If you had told me two years ago that I would be miraculously “saved” from my huge depression and brought into what I consider to be the Robinson Household in an eerily similar way to how Bowler Hat Guy was offered to be a Robinson at the end of the film, I would have called you crazy (and even crazier if you said that I would have accepted!) But here I am, almost a year later and I’m STILL trying to figure out why they accepted me so readily.
Do you know how many nights I stare at the ceiling thinking, “Why did they let me in? Why am I here? Do they secretly want me gone? Are they SURE they want me here? What do I even offer back? Are they SURE they’re okay with me just sitting in my room writing or painting or whatever else?”
And you know what… I need to stop worrying about it. I’m only nervous because I wasn’t raised in that kind of encouraging atmosphere. I wasn’t raised to automatically support whomever was around you. And I need to learn to just be myself and to live as happily as I can with whatever time I have left. I need to just… Keep moving forward. Heh.
I should have known when I discovered that I wanted to be a writer how different of an atmosphere I’m in now versus back when I lived in a different state based on the fact that when certain relatives from the past found out, they immediately demanded to know how soon I would finish so that I could get a “real job”. I was discouraged immediately. And yet when the people I’m staying with now found out that I wanted to be a writer… they said, “great!” and even bought me a writer’s themed mug for christmas. I’m still flabbergasted by the automatic acceptance. I’ve been suspicious since the start about how much of a dream it feels like I’m in. I’m living in a god damn fantasy. How can they accept me so bluntly? But it’s not a dream. It’s real. And it’s amazing how good I feel. More people need to be like this to each other. I want everyone to feel this way.
A lot of people need to accept others for who they are and encourage them to be happy doing whatever they love. I’d like to think that I’ve already started on the path to automatic acceptance/support. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot of learning yet to do but I’ve really had an attitude change since moving here. And let me tell you I’ve gotten nothing but great responses to it. It feels so nice to encourage people and see their faces light up with happiness.
Everyone… please keep doing what you love. Don’t let anyone hold you back. Hold tight the ones that unconditionally care about you. And please spread this message of encouragement and support.
Please keep moving forward. And remember: You can’t take it with you.