For those of you who don’t know, “Inside Out” is my favorite movie. I saw it in theaters on Father’s Day last year and I was so inspired and taken back by how amazing and innovative it was. I was mesmerized and it honestly refueled my dreams of having a creative job that were pretty much run into the ground due to college. “Inside Out” is my movie, my go to movie; I watch it when I’m sad, sick, happy, needing inspiration, you name a feeling/occasion and I’m watching “Inside Out” because of it. Now I watched “Inside Out” three times last week…. and sadly I wish to say it was because I was feeling inspired/happy, no no unfortunately it was the opposite feeling; It was a rough week.
I think the reason this movie resonates with me so much is because I find it incredibly relatable. Yes it’s about an 11 year old girl who moves and man do I relate to that! Middle schools sucks in general but I also moved at that age to a town where most people’s family’s were well off and everyone had been friends since kindergarten. That was a hard adjustment but that’s not the most relatable moment in my life, in fact I think “Inside Out” really relates to how I feel about post-grad life.
I’m not sure if it’s just the sheer act of adulting that just sucks ass but let me tell you, post-grad life is not fun, easy, and for that matter, it has been the most emotional aggravating challenge ever. Honestly, I have struggled to adjust. I mean I’m fine on paper; I had a good job right out of college and still do and my boyfriend and I moved into our own place. But it’s the mindset of the 8-5 hours in a cubical that really get to me and then, god forbid, shit hits the fan about 5 times during the year right after you just finally finished taking care of the last curve ball life threw at you. It just makes you want to throw your laptop out the window, ok well not really, but its not like I haven’t thought about it (sorry Macbook).
It’s with these emotional feelings and transitions that we have to face after graduating that I really felt “Inside Out” painted a great picture of how growing up is a difficult, emotional journey and that change isn’t always easy, exciting, or fun but it’s something we are faced with. Our islands of personality that we had before transitioning to adulthood could be down. Why? Because we are discouraged by how difficult being a financially responsible adult is or with how difficult it is to even get a job because it seems like no one wants to hire college graduates these days, or just how much your free time actually disappears when working a full time job. Meaning you have less and less time to do the things you love that ultimately make you, you. So it’s pretty easy to let them slip threw the cracks if you aren’t adjusted to your schedule change. On top of that if these islands are down and shit hits the fan when you are just so not used to your schedule/life shift, it’s really challenging to stay happy and joyful, aka Joy is now in long term memory. So who has to drive, anger, fear, and disgust. Unfortunately I’ve found that anger happens to be my driver mainly when joy is gone, working on that trust me!
On top of that you find that your child like wonder and basically childhood all together is over. I don’t know about you but I nearly tear up every single time Joy finally gets out of the mind dump and Bing bong fades away well saying, “take her to the moon.” Want to know why? Because we as growing up, have ALL FELT THAT. Right, there’s that moment when you realize ugh no more summer breaks that last three to four months, no more relying on your parents anymore, no more imaginary friends, and no more toys. Although I will say I still have my Teddy (my teddy bear I got when I got my first shots) and he is not going anywhere! It’s sad to realize that your childhood is over and now forever it’s just being an adult and facing what life has in store for you as you get older. I reminder as a kid I used to say I can’t wait to be an adult and my dad would tell me every time don’t say that you will regret it. I never got it at seven years old but man do I understand now.
I think the most important take away from this movie is that rough changes are going to happen in your life and you might not always like them but with time things will get better. That’s the journey of life and there will be things we will have to adjust to and it won’t always be easy but with time we will come to accept that, move on, and things will turn around. Pixar always does a fantastic job at making movies, sure they might be marketed for kids but they are for all ages based on how they create a story that is relatable in many ways. I truly believe that’s why so many people love Pixar films as much as I do and I believe that’s why my dream since I was a kid was to be a story artist for them. I wanted to work and help create films for the company that created the many amazing films I grew up with and still adore. Inside Out is a movie I hold dear to my heart, it inspires me and reminds me that this rough transition will get better, it’s a matter of time.