Warning: this conversation is personal
Me: It’s Me, Not You
I never thought we’d be having this conversation. Truly, I took for granted this could never end. You were everything to me. In this world of uncertainty, you were always there, a safe place. In a swirl of change, you remained unchanged. You and me – we had something special that no one person could pollute or corrupt.
Sigh, I guess we should go back to the beginning.
It was these ancient images and personalities, so powerful, which transported me to another world. It was a world of escape. So, yes, maybe at a tender age I needed a place that offered escape, comfort, familiarity, and acceptance. All of personal inner struggles melted when I became enveloped in your arms. You offered release of tears, of joy; you made my heart soar and you soothed the sores of a self a little too sensitive, a little too attuned to life’s slings and arrows, of the self’s fragility and self-doubt and the dreaded low self-esteem.
And suddenly, seemingly just like that, but really many decades later, I don’t need you for those things.
Classic Film: I get that you’ve changed, but may I present my argument?
Me: Of course, I owe you that.
Classic Film: While you may not need me for certain things anymore, there is much more that I can offer – things that have always been there, but you have not sought out.
Me: Tell me more.
Classic Film: Since your heart and psyche seems to be in good shape these days, I would suggest you concentrate on your head.
Me: How so?
Classic Film: I know you love a suspenseful story, yet you rarely venture into Film Noir. You should give it a try. And your exposure to foreign film classics is pretty thin, my dear. Why not watch a few? You might like them. And I know you love to observe fashion and costumes. Why not pay more attention to this? Bottom line: try something new with an open heart and open mind and give me a chance. I’ve been so faithful.
Me: Sigh… you’re making me fall in love with you all over again.You know me so well.
Classic Film: Remember… I’m always here when you need me.