Titanic: Lessons to be Learned from Jack and Rose

by Amanda Stewart

My running buddy from graduate school came to visit me this weekend. We had registered for “The Screaming Pumpkin” run in Peoria, Illinois. After we got home from the race we planted ourselves on the couch in front of Titanic and didn’t move for hours. Here’s what I learned:

Take chances. Jack won his ticket aboard Titanic and embraced the opportunity for adventure without thinking twice. What if we all had that sense of adventure?

Use your gifts. I love when Rose is looking through Jack’s sketchbook shortly after their first meeting. “You have a gift, Jack. You see people”.  What are your gifts? Are you seeing those around you?

Material possessions. Jack lives a minimalist life. He does not have a lot of money and yet his mindset on life and how he sees the world is contagious. What would your attitude be if you had less than what you have now?

Try new things. When Jack takes Rose dancing, at first she is uncertain. Jack assures her that he actualy doesn’t know what he is doing either. “Just go with it - don’t think”. When was the last time you tried something new for the first time?

As short-lived as it was, the timeless love story of Jack and Rose got me thinking about a lot of things that I want to start doing differently in my day-to-day life. As always, thanks for reading!

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