The LOST 10th Anniversary

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The LOST finale aired 10 years ago on May 23, 2010. It remains, 10 years later, the most beautiful piece of television that I’ve ever seen. It is pure art. Most of you know by now that LOST has impacted my life in a variety of ways. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet countless creators, actors, and actresses from the show. I have plenty of memorabilia and goodies from the show, Juliet remains my favorite character of all-time, Damon Lindelof has deemed me an official “castaway,” and I’ve visited countless filming locations of the show – even getting married at the LOSTie campsite.

LOST doesn’t spoon-feed you. The show wants you to ask questions such as Why are we here? What is our purpose? Can we let go of our past? How does faith play a part in our lives? How does science play a part in our lives? Do we have a destiny or a fate? What happens when you die? What is the point of it all?

LOST is about connection, the love we have for one another. Can we forgive? Can we begin to understand others? What do we owe to each other? It’s the year 2020 and the meaning of LOST is more relevant that ever. We’re all currently strangers in a strange land.

Living together means taking care of your neighbors. It means putting aside greed and selfishness. There’s so many people in our population who are hurting. The poor. The homeless. Minorities. There’s hate everywhere you turn – discrimination in the workplace, the lack of protections for essential workers, laws trying to be passed that harm minorities. Evil is real and it’s out there. Take a look at the news and you’ll find instances of bigotry, discrimination, and murder.

So, what is asked of us now? As we navigate this difficult and new landscape, our priorities shift. Does hair color matter? Do you need that new pair of shoes? Why isn’t your place of work offering protective gear for you? Why do we complain that the unemployed are receiving money when we should be talking about how shameful it is for companies to not pay people living wages? Our country is shook – people are suddenly realizing the evil that lurks all around us. While there’s much that needs to be changed in our society (media reform, schools, prisons, and so much more), right now we all have one thing in common – surviving.

As we know, the characters in LOST change over time. Some find redemption, while others do not. This is life. I’ve never been that fond of the character of Sawyer due to his “Every man for himself” philosophy. Right now, in 2020, this philosophy leads to death. It’s murder. By refusing to wear a mask or refusing to social distance, you’re not loving your neighbor. You’re not putting yourself above others – and guess what? It’s senseless. How entitled, greedy, and hateful do you have to be to simply walk into a store, refusing to wear a mask? You say you love others. You say you love your family. You want to have friends. You want to keep your kids safe. You want to be loved. BUT – you won’t wear a mask because it causes a minor inconvenience? Shame on you.

Jack was right when he said, “If we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone.” With countless deaths occurring over the past few months, and many sick patients indeed dying alone without their family in the room with them, it’s difficult to fathom that some people still refuse to wear masks.

I adore LOST and always will. However, as I’ve said before, fandom means nothing if you don’t apply the lessons you learn to your real life. We can re-watch LOST, re-read The Hunger Games, and enjoy various media all we want and that’s great. While there are some media that’s simply for entertainment, others aren’t. Others ask you to go out and live better lives, take a stand against an injustice, and more.

My wish is for you to not be lost any longer. Find yourself. Find who you are. Work each day to become the person you want to be. I know a thing or two about wearing masks – and trust me, a piece of cloth that covers your mouth and nose doesn’t even count as an inconvenience in my book.

The LOST finale aired 10 years ago on May 23, 2010 and as Juliet wisely said, “It doesn’t matter who we were. It only matters who we are.” I’m a completely different person than I was 10 years ago. Aren’t we all? We’ve all changed – hopefully for the better. Our world faces a pandemic and its once again time to change. The truth? We don’t have another 10 years to do it. It’s time to look inward, take notes, and truly examine the world we live in, the world we wish for, and the world we want to leave behind.

“The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people. That’s why all of you are here. Nobody does it alone…you needed all of them and they needed you.”

If you’ve never seen this show, didn’t understand it the first time you watched it, or simply want to visit the island again, now is the time. 10 years later, LOST remains extremely important when it comes to pop culture. It’s currently on Hulu for those of you who are interested.

In honor of the 10-year anniversary, I’m sharing this LOST scene reenactment that my husband and I created when we were in Oahu in 2017.

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Goodbye Christopher Robin

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“But it isn’t easy, said Pooh. Because poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.”

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I recently watched the film Goodbye Christopher Robin. I’m a sucker for movies that are based on a true story and given my love for Winnie the Pooh, the film was instantly added to my must-watch list.

I grew up watching the show Welcome to Pooh Corner, as well as the animated Winnie the Pooh episodes. Needless to say, I was already familiar with the iconic characters. What I wasn’t familiar with, however, was the backstory of A.A. Milne, the author of Winne the Pooh, as well as several other children’s books.

Before I started watching Goodbye Christopher Robin, I was under the assumption that the movie would go into detail regarding the origins of the beloved characters that we’ve all grown to love such as Pooh, Eeyore, Rabbit, and others. Although this is the case, I was not prepared for what I was about to see.

Goodbye Christopher Robin not only sheds light on A.A. Milne’s life, it dives deep into his relationship with his son (hence, the title). Viewers are quickly introduced to flashbacks of Milne’s time during WWI. These flashbacks are spread throughout the rest of the film, mirroring events that occur in the present day. This is when the film began to touch me to my core.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a movie portray Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in such an accurate way. From loud noises to flashbacks, viewers spend quite a bit of time watching Milne struggle to go back to “normal” life after coming home from the war. What started as an interesting film in my must-watch list, ended up being a movie that shed light on mental illness, featuring an accurate portrayal of a person struggling with the effects of PTSD.

I don’t want to spoil the movie for you, especially if you’re not familiar with the backstory of author A.A. Milne’s life. However, I think it’s important to note that this movie is so much more than it seems. It touched my life and spoke to me, which is what art is supposed to do.

If you’re interested in learning the origins of Winnie the Pooh and watching a story unfold onscreen that is based on a true account of someone’s life, then you will absolutely enjoy this film. It is sure to stick with you for an incredibly long time.

Hope

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Courage.

Heart.

Empathy.

In the past year, have you determined where you stand? Have you opened your eyes to the sexism swirling around every aspect of our country? Have you noticed the discrimination against LGBT people wrapped in the disguise of “religious freedom?” Have you finally seen how racism has shaped our country and continues to shape it? Have you vowed to take a firm stance against sexism, racism, ant-gay prejudice, and xenophobia? Now is the time. If you pledge allegiance to the flag, don’t just pledge to the white stars. You pledge to make this country a place of love, not hate. You pledge to make this country a place where hateful ideals end. You pledge to take a stand for equality and against discrimination of any kind. America can be great – with hope and love. Take a stand today. Bring love now. Bring hope for future generations. 

 

A Jedi. A Mockingjay. A Wizard. A superhero. Who are you?

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Star Wars. Star Trek. The Hunger Games. The Lord of the Rings. Harry Potter. Superheroes. Why is it that we’re attracted to such epic stories? Why do we rewatch and reread our favorite tales? Surely any Star Wars fan realizes that the Empire created a galaxy that was unfairly ruled. Surely fans of The Hunger Games recognize that President Snow is a dictator and the districts are treated unfairly. Surely Sauron and Voldemort are seen as villains, right? Why do we read these books and watch these films over and over? What’s the point of having knowledge of these stories if we don’t take what we’ve learned and apply it to our lives? We can reread and rewatch all we want, but who is that helping? Are we simply using our favorite tales as an escape?

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On some deeper level, we’ve connected to these stories. We’ve rooted for the underdog, for those facing adversity. We’ve immersed ourselves into these worlds, but it’s time to acknowledge the world we currently live in. Isn’t it time to apply what we’ve learned to the world around us? If we want to prevent all the horrors rebels fought against (poverty, inequality, prejudices, and so forth), why aren’t we using what we’ve learned from these stories? Why can’t we make the world a better place now? The thought of wielding a wand, bow, phaser, or lightsaber is exciting, but we already have weapons we can use. Our voices. Our votes. In order to prevent Emperor Palaptine or President Snow from leading our country and the world into total chaos, shouldn’t we be applying the knowledge we’ve learned to prevent things like this from happening?

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If we want a progressive, Star Trek future, its time to work toward it. While we sit and dream about better futures, the world keeps spinning and we miss our chance. If we want to change the world, now is the time to understand the morals and meanings of our favorite films and books. What are these stories trying to tell us? Don’t be a villain. Don’t give in to greed and hatred. Stand up for acceptance and love. Stand against prejudice and hate. Sacrifice yourself, money, and time for a greater cause. We write our own stories each day. Will you be rooted for or rooted against? We’re all flawed, but we can still be heroes. Make sure your story is worth reading.

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