This week TFN and I went to see The Orphanage. I really can't say too much about this movie without giving it away, but you should all go see it - it's an early front-runner for best of the year in my book. It's creepy without being violent, and the script is pleasantly unpredictable. Really, take my word for it, and know that it's good. The less you know walking in, the better.
I have become very much wrapped up in the idea that this year should be focused on living better. Physically, mentally, environmentally... just being better about stuff.
Part of this is the idea of paying it forward.
Paying it forward is, for those who never saw the film or read the book, the idea that one should do nice for others with the intent that they will repay you by doing nice for the next person who needs it. The original pay it forward revolved around it being financial, but I don't think it needs to be.
A few years ago, TFN and I were both unemployed. During our financially repressed situation, a lot of great friends treated us to the occasional drink or dinner out. So many, in fact, that we lost track. We never did, nor could we ever hope to, return all the favors.
Unfortunately, we have now had the opportunity to pay this forward. Michigan is hurting, and a lot of my friends are out of work. The least we can do is pick up a few bar tabs here and there. It was done for us, and we count ourselves lucky right now to be able to do it.
You can call it what you want - paying it forward, karma, being a friend - but it really comes down to being there for the people who need it, in the hope that, while they may be there if you ever need it, also hoping you never will need it, and the help can go to someone else.