What a great movie to start the year!

1 hour and 49 minutes and I’m done watching In Time.

1 hour and 49 minutes and I still could not stop thinking about it.

The movie has an unusual storyline, something like a psychological experiment. Some critics say that it is a stark baloney with flat-footed plots and silly scripts. But overall, it is super interesting (at least to me)! It twists the concept of life and challenges viewers to rethink how they live their own. How so? Let me give you a brief introduction of the story.

In the future, time is the new currency. Human beings are bio-engineered to stop aging when they reach 25 but the catch is that they will only have a year to live unless they prolong their life. On the day they turn 25, each human will have a neon clock tattooed on the left forearms (like a watch) which starts ticking and marking a countdown of the time they have left to live–in years, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds.

Like currency in the real world, time is earned through working (i.e. 8 hours of work in day will earn you 2 days) or in the case of the wealthy, inheritance. It is spent on commodities (i.e. a can of soda costs 10 minutes), transportation (i.e. a ride home costs an hour), utilities, leisure, or in rare cases of benevolence, donation.

Also like currency in the real world, time can be robbed away and passed down onto others unwillingly. So imagine living life knowing when yours is going to end and knowing that others can easily steal the remainder of the count from you.

Movie trailer:

The idea of time as currency has huge metaphorical and thematic potential. It makes me ponder on the investment of time as a life or death matter while realigning my perception of what’s worthwhile. And suddenly, I have this little jolt of energy that makes me want to jump up.

Formed are molecules of courage that may become a potent mix of heady belief and a sense of invincibility. The right tools are all we need to convert those molecules into action and transform the mundane into fascinating. Matched with the right energy, our relationships with the right people are drawn and all the productive output drinks from that oasis of energy.

The bottom line here, I think, is that (pardon me for this cliché, but) it’s important to live it to the fullest and happiest because the sands of time cannot be stopped and once the clock stops ticking, it can’t be restored.

Use your time well. Be a greater version of yourself. Appreciate life’s ups and downs. Make every second count before you run out of it.

I’m motivated to be both a bowl and a spoon (hey, not literally). I’m inspired to invest my time in others, to fill their lives, to share and give what I can and seek nothing in return. If in all ways I can’t be of any operational help, I’d just look into their eyes and let them know they’re not empty but are loved.

Are you ready for 2012? Even if you’re not, say yes! To quote Neale Donald Walsch, one of my favorite book authors, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I believe that when we (as student) say we’re ready, the “teacher” appears. So take a leap of faith with me. We’re on the verge of something wonderfully beautiful.

Ending notes | Other awesome quotes by Walsch:

“Do not waste the precious moments of this, your present reality, seeking to unveil all of life’s secrets. Those secrets are a secret for a reason. Grant your God the benefit of the doubt. Use your NOW moment for the Highest Purpose- the creation and the expression of WHO YOU REALLY ARE. Decide who you are- who you want to be-and then do everything in your power to be that.

It is not nearly so important how well a message is received as how well it is sent. You cannot take responsibility for how well another accepts your truth; you can only ensure how well it is communicated. And by how well, I don’t mean merely how clearly; I mean how lovingly, how compassionately, how sensitively, how courageously, and how completely.

If you think your life is about DOINGNESS, you do not understand what you are about. Your soul doesn’t care what you do for a living-and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only about what you’re BEING while you’re doing whatever you’re doing. It is a state of BEINGNESS the soul is after, not a state of doingness.”

“If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best.”

Our motto for the year: Believe you can and you will.


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6 Responses

  1. Franc Ramon

    My life would have expired by now if the movie concept is true but I like the concept of the movie and the value of time.

  2. joy | chemist2writer

    Sci-fi flicks really go beyond what is imaginable. I think I’d go crazy knowing when exactly I am going to die :/ and to think time can be used as currency? uh oh

  3. jenny

    I am really so afraid to die, I guess most people are or most people that I know of. I cant even imagine having a timer on my hand. I am so sure that I wont be living my life the way I want it, I might be spending looking at the timer on my hand.
    I feel like its a time bomb the only difference is that I wont go with a bang…

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It’s true, I am afraid of dying. I am afraid of the world moving forward without me, of my absence going unnoticed, or worse, being some natural force propelling life on. Is it selfish? Am I such a bad person for dreaming of a world that ends when I do? I don’t mean the world ending with respect to me, but every set of eyes closing with mine. Hahaha.


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