Still Alice | A reality that could be yours.

You may know/have seen this film and if you don’t you are loosing a beautiful story.

I watched this yesterday and I was amazed on how the lovely actress Julianne Moore did on this film. Alzheimer is a sad and difficult disease and to interpret it must be even harder and Julianne Moore did a brilliant job.

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Basically, the film tells us a story of a lady that is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and all that comes with the with it – the memory loss, the constant care, love and attention that a person with this disease needs from her family and also the frustration not only from Alice but her loved ones too.

Accepting that the person you love will forget who you are and what you mean to her is a stab directly in your heart. Can you imagine that? I can’t.

I don’t want to tell you much about it because you might haven’t watch the film so you should go and do it and then you can come back to read this. But I do want to think deeply about it and share my thoughts with you.

While I was watching the film, I kept think about how would it be if I had the disease. And now, I think I was a bit selfish because I didn’t even thought about what if my mom and dad have it?

I believe that I did that because, for me, they are incredibly strong and nothing can touch them but that is way far away from the truth.

Alzheimer’s can happen to anyone, as much as a flu can or any other big, scary disease. People just choose not to think too much about it. At least I do and I think that it is the best to do.

If you live your life thinking about all the bad that you can get from it, you won’t live it freely and happily.

What is the point on being scared all the time and not enjoying life to the fullest? That doesn’t seem to be right for me. And I hope that it doesn’t for you too.

All I want to say with this is that watching this movie made me feel scared about getting this disease or any other that would compromise my life quality and happiness. I love life, you know? With her ups and downs but I love it.

I love how much you can learn from it and how you can be pretty bad in one day but then, things change and you are in the best of your life.

I love my family, my boyfriend, my job. And thinking about loosing all of this makes me want to crawl in bed in the fetal position and cry, just a little bit. I know.. depressing, right?

I think that being able to take a step back and appreciate all you have, the people you love, the opportunities that you will still get, is a grand quality. And I know that I do that, often.

I don’t need a brilliant film, book or quote to think about it. I just do, when I am in bed, when I look into the beautiful eyes of my boyfriend, mom, dad or brother. I just appreciate things. And yes, this film made me appreciate all of it even more because at the end of the day, you have no idea how long you still have here, how long they have here next to you. And that is freaking scary for me.

So the point of all of the words that I am writing here to you is: enjoy life to it’s fullest. Don’t fight to much and if you do, don’t take to long to apologize and hug that person. You are taking away seconds, minutes or hours of the time that you have together. Don’t take anything for granted. Many of us do. I do, but I try not to. So… try. You may not have anything that you have now, tomorrow.  

I believe that if people had this thought in their minds more often, they would appreciate life and time together even more.