|Leo and Paige's Wedding, and, Source|
Basically, the idea that there are certain moments in your life that define you and make you who you are.
In the movie, some of these moments are pretty obvious. The moment the characters Leo and Paige meet, when they get married, when Paige makes amends with her father, and of course the moment of the car accident. If you would like a summary of the movie go to the IMDB website.
"My theory is that these moments of impact... that these flashes of reality that turn us upside down . . . change us."
|Paige waking up after the crash and, Source|
I remember once PM2 did a sermon about the happiest moments of a persons life. Many of these I feel would also be "moments of impact." He listed several such as graduations, weddings, births, etc. A lot of church workers would probably say the day they were ordained or commissioned or something would be a defining moment.
As I thought about it, none of these fit the idea of an impactful moment. Not that they weren't important - they were. But I can't sit here and say "the day I graduated college was the happiest day of my life." Honestly, while it was nice and it was a good day, I had been out of school for a year working full time on internship and felt as though I had already graduated. I also was heading to Indiana the next day to visit family.
It was the same with the day I got commissioned (which was about the same time as graduation. It's basically the day they say "you're an official church worker person! Yay!"). I had already been working full time at that church, only now I was going to get paid more because I wasn't a student any longer and the label "intern" would be removed from my business cards.
I haven't gotten married or had a baby and I haven't had a spouse lose their memory - so obviously those wouldn't make the list of "moments of impact."
So... what exactly would be a moment of impact?
It's a harder question than you would like it would be. If there was a single moment in your life that changed you - you would think that it would come to your mind immediately. Apparently not.
When I teach confirmation class, at the end our 7th grade students have to write an essay about what their faith in Jesus means to them. To help them brainstorm ideas, I tell them to talk about important moments in their faith life. Baptism, a special moment at camp, a particular song or lesson that has touched them, etc. They always seem to struggle with this exercise.
Now I know why.
I'm 26 and I can't even think of any, how can I expect 12 year olds to?
Some of them can do it just fine, others struggle. Or I listen to people's stories about their lives and they can pinpoint certain moments that shaped them. Why can't I do that?
"The truth is we're the sum of all the moments we've experiences with all the people we've ever known . . . and these moments become our history."
|Paige trying to put the pieces together and, source.|
I can't sit here and pinpoint the moment I knew certain people were my best friends for life.
Another example would be the fact that I break. There wasn't one moment where I realized I was different, or when I suddenly came to peace with it. It just happened over the years bit by bit.
There have been moments in my faith that have had impact on me, but how it's shaped who I am has also been a gradual journey over time.
I can't sit here and say "this is the most important person in my life" because every person has been important.
"So that's my theory. That these moments of impact define who we are."
|Paige toward the end of the movie when she's figuring out who she is, and, source.|
Heck - there are probably a million "points of impact" that are still coming my way. Which is pretty cool when you think about it. I'm 26, and while that's not a baby, it's still young. It's awesome to think about how many special and life changing moments are ahead of me.
I'm sure the more I think about it, I'll be able to find some "points of impact" that I've experienced. There are a couple that come to mind, but none that I'll share here in public. Or it simply isn't the right time to.Yet, it's comforting to know that more is still to come.
So what about you? Do you agree with the moments of impact theory? Do you have any defining moments in your life? Any ideas of what's coming ahead? Does it make you excited? Sad? Scared?
Also - does anyone else think it's totally awesome that the movie takes place in Chicago and they get married at the Art Institute? It's awesome. Just saying.