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To Be Ready

Sehabis menonton 500 Days of Summer, ada satu kutipan yang nempel banget di pikiran saya.

Kutipan itu, terjadi dalam obrolan antara Tom yang diperankan Gordon-Levitt dan Summer yang diperankan Zoey Deschanel - artis favorit yang masya-allah-cantik banget-matanya. Saya pernah lihat Zoey di beberapa film, tapi di film ini saya baru sadar, yang bikin dia cantik banget adalah matanya. 

Sampai-sampai ada akun lawak di Tumblr: @guyswithzooeyes​ yang didekasikan untuk menempelkan mata Zoey di banyak muka artis lainnya.

Obrolan itu terjadi saat Tom menanyakan apa yang terjadi dengan hubungan Summer sebelumnya yang gagal dan tidak berlanjut.

“What happened? Why didn’t they work out?”

Jawabannya, menampar dan membuat saya berpikir sejenak.

“What always happens. Life”


Konteks obrolan tadi mungkin tentang hubungan. Tapi jawaban Summer, adalah jawaban sederhana untuk banyak mozaik kehidupan.

Dalam banyak titik di kehidupan kita, ada hal-hal yang berubah begitu saja. Tidak ada rencana, tidak ada tanda-tanda, tapi kehidupan terjadi dan perubahan harus dialami.

Boom. Just like that.

Kitanya sih mungkin ga pernah kepikiran untuk menjalaninya. Kita mungkin punya bayangan yang berbeda. Kita mungkin sudah menggambar peta dan menuliskan rencana; tapi kehidupan datang dan kita harus menerima.

Dulu, atau bahkan mungkin sampai sekarang, saya masih sering percaya bahwa hidup itu bentuknya lurus-lurus saja. Tapi semakin dewasa, semakin banyak bertemu masalah dan orang yang berbeda-beda, ternyata hidup tidak semulus yang saya kira.

Saya sudah sering melihat gambar ini sebelumnya. I used to take it as a joke. Turns out, it’s not.

It never was.

Hidup hadir dengan kejutan-kejutan tidak terduga. Sama seperti melakukan perjalanan, kita harus punya rencana. Tapi kita juga harus selalu siap dengan kemungkinan salah jalan, tetiba turun hujan, bertemu jalan buntu, atau tetiba harus berputar dan pindah haluan.

We gotta learn how to pivot.

Saya mungkin sudah lumayan sering cerita di blog/podcast bahwa saya contoh nyata salah jurusan, tapi pemikiran tentang itu tidak ada sebelumnya.

Saya ingat dulu waktu SMA, saya anak olimpiade Biologi. Saya pikir, saya memang anak biologi. Saya pikir, sains adalah ladang saya untuk berkontribusi. Saat membuka diari semasa SMA (iya saya punya diari), saya pernah punya cita-cita menjadi saintis lab yang menemukan unsur baru. Saya juga pernah bercita-cita menjadi wildlife photographer, jurnalis National Geographic, atau pembawa acara program seperti BBC Wildlife.

Tapi ternyata kehidupan terjadi. Life happens.

I learned. I met people. I changed.

Then, I moved on.


Kita mungkin berharap perubahan terjadi di saat kita siap. Sayangnya, waktu adalah misteri dan kehidupan tidak pernah mau berkompromi.

Saya jadi teringat dialog di film Doctor Strange, sesaat sebelum The Ancient One meninggal dan menitipkan pesan agar Strange bersiap melanjutkan perjuangannya.

Strange mengelak dan berkata, “I’m not ready”.

Jawaban The Ancient One menampar dan jujur apa adanya.

“No one ever is”, katanya sambil memegang tangan Strange. “We don’t get to choose our time”

Kehidupan mungkin terjadi di saat kita siap, tapi lebih sering lagi, kehidupan datang agar kita siap.

Kita tidak pernah bisa memilih kapan waktu yang tepat untuk kita. Tapi percayalah, Tuhan selalu menyiapkan skenario terbaik-Nya.

So next time Life happens and put you in a condition you don’t want, maybe you may want to think it for a while.

Maybe, He wants you to be ready.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: ‘Edward Snowden was warm, kind, thoughtful’

To prepare for The Walk, Gordon-Levitt learned a bunch of circus skills and magic tricks; and ahead of Snowden, he flew to Russia for a secret meeting with the exiled whistleblower himself. The two experiences have combined to make him an expert at hiding in plain sight. In the restaurant, I tell him I could have gone another couple of laps without noticing him.

“What were you expecting?” he asks, interested. “Something like this?” And with a deft, thespy shift, he transforms himself into That Guy: the eyebrows cocked, his mouth pursed, arms winged out on seat backs either side, the legs spread belligerently wide. I like him immediately.

Now the cat is out of the bag: In the great profile from The Guardian (link above) Joe talks about meeting Snowden, reconnecting with his brother in preparation for The Walk and various other things.

Pictures by Patrick Fraser

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My favorite people of 2013 in no particular order:

(My favorite famous people so my parents aren’t offended)

Jennifer Lawrence- for being a wonderful role model for young boys and girls and for staying true to herself

Ed Sheeran- for having wonderful tweets, caring for his fans, and for advocating Fuck Cancer

Harry Styles- for being the nicest person I’ve ever heard of and never saying anything offensive also dorkiness is a plus

Joseph Gordon-Levitt- for being a fantastic actor, hilarious lip-syncer, and for making a movie where he wanted to show how the media reduces women to sex objects

All of the Nice Guys in the World- for making people smile and not giving up on others, for being kind to strangers and to the earth, and for putting others before yourself- you guys can be some of the most beautiful people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting

Macklemore- for bringing the issue of equality to the hits radio and showing everyone even at a young age how obvious it is to support gay rights

Louis Tomlinson- for constantly supporting charities, making children smile, and standing up for his best friends even through all the hate he recieves

Dan Reynolds- for the tear-jerking speech he gave at the Imagine Dragons concert I went to about how concerts were a safe haven for him when he was younger and he wants to offer that to anyone who might be struggling out there and make it an incredible night for them

John Green- for showing so many how interesting learning can be, for signing 150,000 copies of The Fault in Our Stars, and for always supporting women not changing themselves for a man

Happy New Year

“Of course, when any of us think of the World Trade Center, we think of the tragedy immediately,” he says. “That will always be where our minds go first. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s important to remember that tragedy. But with any tragedy, it’s also remembering the good times, the beautiful moments, the warm feelings you have toward whatever it is that you’ve lost.”

“I’ve experienced one particular tragedy in my life — my brother died,” he adds. “And it’s important not to think just about how he died. It’s important to also remember his life and all the things that I love about him. And I think this movie does that sort of remembering too. I hope so, anyway.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on recreating the World Trade Center for The Walk  [x]