On the Joy of Sadness
Last night, I saw “Inside Out”, a movie that gives an animated inside-view of the emotions within an individual’s being. I’m a weeper in movies anyway—but this one is a real tear jerker, folks.
"Inside Out” synopsis from Fandango:
"Emotions run wild in the mind of a little girl who is uprooted from her peaceful life in the Midwest and forced to move to San Francisco in this Pixar adventure from director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters Inc.). Young Riley was perfectly content with her life when her father landed a new job in San Francisco, and the family moved across the country. Now, as Riley prepares to navigate a new city and attend a new school, her emotional headquarters becomes a hot bed of activity. As Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) attempts to keep Riley feeling happy and positive about the move, other emotions like Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) make the transition a bit more complicated."
My favorite line of the movie is when the little girl breaks down and says “I know I’m supposed to be happy, but I just want to go home.” Sadness overcomes her, and the beauty of that truth allows the family to reconcile, ushering in a sigh of relief for the little girl.
How many times do we feel like we’re just supposed to be happy, but we just want to go home, or have the feeling of being home again? Gah, that resonates so intensely with me. Happiness is ultimately a melding of the many beautiful elements of our being. Sadness can be beautiful. Sadness can open doors. Our core memories are filled with so many different colorings of emotion, and those who want to pursue life with the audacity to face their emotions head on—wow, that's brave, isn’t it? It’s not the easy path. It’s the path of warriors. It’s the path of ecstasy and letting life become a work of art filled with colors and textures, patterns and dimension. So, when we feel sadness, or anger, or joy, or any other emotion, isn’t that cause for celebration that life is running hot through our veins? Yes, I think so.