Life lessons from Mitty

MittyOver the weekend, David insisted that we take the kids to the movies. He really wanted them to see “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. I had seen the previews and thought it looked interesting, but I just couldn’t understand why he wanted the kids to watch it. I wasn’t sure we could get them to sit through the whole movie.

Alright, here it comes. Get ready, honey, because you know I don’t say it often –


For those of you who haven’t seen the preview, here’s a link to the trailer and here is the description of the movie from

A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Unfortunately, neither of these really do the film justice. The film is based on a short story written by James Thurber and is directed by Ben Stiller. Stiller and Kristen Wiig star in the film.

I couldn’t believe how much the kids enjoyed the movie and stayed engaged. From the crazy early scenes where Walter imagines himself in various over-the-top situations to the point in the movie where he actually starts living those moments for real, the kids were laughing and sharing smiles with us.

And what a life lesson! Not only is it okay to have a huge imagination and day dream about an incredible life for yourself, but it’s also okay to let go and truly enjoy those experiences, too. Go out and make the life you want happen. Live it and love it.

Plus there are some amazingly tender moments focused on the importance of family between Stiller and Shirley MacLaine, who plays his mom, a fun scene with Sean Penn and a snow leopard, and some really beautiful scenery from around the world.

I would highly recommend this movie. You won’t be disappointed.


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