A few weeks back, an asteroid named LZ1 passed earth. The city block-sized asteroid was 3.3 million miles from earth and not near enough to cause harm, but “what if” scenarios still remain. Continuing the end-of-the-world scenario, a movie this summer starring Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley asks the same question.
In “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” the two main characters join together to prioritize their lives and find what is most important before their untimely end. Given 21 days, their attempt for normality continues while they search for what is at the top of their bucket list: lost love and family.
To be frank, if the world was to end in three weeks I would be on a plane with all my loved ones to travel to my personal three “must-see” sites. I would not be working, commuting or stressing about what steps are left to complete my original life plan. The common phrase, “live every day like your last” seems almost cliché, but what if the phrase was “live every month like your last?” Not as drastic and maybe a little more accepting of the creatures of habit we are.
The idea of a “dead” line for life seems morbid for the plot of the film, but asks an important question. What are your priorities? Most people could list off what is most important to them but do they really act on that list? And for that much, how long are these lists and how long should they be?
It’s easier said than done, especially when there’s a project or an important meeting at work, an empty fridge to fill and bills to pay. Routine is comforting, something you can count on day in and day out. It would be silly and exhausting to ask someone every day to act as if the world was ending, but if it was a passing thought (much like the asteroid), would it help bring order to your list of priorities?