About Time: The Movie That’s Stuck With Me

About Time made a mark on me when I first saw it about four years ago.

Heads up! This post contains spoilers so I recommend watching the movie before reading. But really, this movie is practically five years old so if you haven’t seen it by now you can’t be upset about spoilers anyway. 🙂

About Time definitely provides all the usual romantic comedy feels, but to me it’s much deeper than that; It preaches two main messages: Life is precious, and it’s important to seize the day. “Seizing the day” sounds so cliché, but this film helped me really get it by making it tangible.

At risk of oversimplifying, the plot goes a little something like this: the main character, Tim, discovers he has the ability to travel through time. There is a super cute love story (with Rachel McAdams who is totally my girl crush) and lots of witty humor. At first, Tim uses his time-traveling gift to change the past, in order to change the present and the future. After witnessing the impact of these changes on his life, Tim decides not to time travel anymore. He decides to live his life as if there were no second chances. 

The truth is, I now don’t travel back at all, not even for a day. I just try to live everyday as if I have deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it… As if it was the full, final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.

It is one of those movies I put on any time i see it on cable. It will make you laugh and cry, but more importantly think.

Many days I just go through the motions. Sometimes I play on my phone and don’t really pay attention to my kids or what’s going on around me. I wait around for whatever’s next in my plans, whether it’s getting dinner ready, the kids’ bedtime, etc.

This movie reminds me to be intentional with my time and my life. Life is a gift and even the seemingly ordinary happenings are beautiful, worthwhile, and to be cherished.

Go watch it! And try to love the little moments. Because there are no second chances.


This is Day 11 of my 30 Day Writing Challenge.

Feel free to join me by writing about a film or book that has stayed with you.

Post a link in the comments below and I’ll be sure to read and comment

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