Reflections on The Natural

“My life didn’t turn out the way I expected.” ~ Roy Hobbs

Journal Note: Oct 1, 2000

Watched The Natural last night with Robert. A number of good lines. “I believe we all have two lives… the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.” Great line. But what about now? When does “the life we live with after that” begin?

Another interesting statement. “I didn’t see it coming. I should have seen it coming.” Some things that happen to us seem to have no foreshadowing even when in fact they do.

Interesting, too, that the movie ends with an upbeat heroic end and altogether differently from the book.

Why do people want to be famous? Roy Hobbs wanted that… to be the best that ever was. Why? Iris challenges him: “Why does that matter so much to you? Isn’t it good enough to know you were good?”

How much of what we fail to achieve has been our own doing and how much is a matter of chance?

Often we chase treasure at the ends of the earth when there are acres of diamonds right here at our feet. Open your eyes and see where true value lies.

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