By Summer Jarro
Movies are what I consider one of the greatest art forms and greatest ways to share all types of stories to the public. Movies may seem to be only created to entertain and garner money, but they can be more than that. They can help people in real-life situations. For me, movies have helped me all throughout my life. Whenever I am watching a movie it is where I feel most comfortable, the most vulnerable and where I feel the safest. I feel I can truly be emotional where I otherwise can’t. The movie that has helped me the most throughout the ups and downs of my life is “The Sound of Music.”
In August 1998, I was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis, a deadly disease that occurs when the Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. During that time I was lying in a hospital bed for weeks while the doctors kept running tests to see what they could do to help me get better. Nothing seemed to be working.
My parents saw the toll the illness was taking on me, not being able to move, lying around all day and waiting. They decided to play some movies for me to cheer me up and the one they chose was “The Sound of Music.” It instantly changed the atmosphere in that bleak hospital room, making me happy and feeling loads better. I truly feel the movie helped me throughout the rest of my illness. Ever since I first saw it all those years ago it has become one of my favorites. Whenever I feel bad, upset, stressed or sad “The Sound of Music” is the first thing I turn to for comfort, and it never fails me. Even though I survived pneumococcal meningitis over 20 years ago, I still was in and out of hospitals for some time with other health problems and always had “The Sound of Music” with me to during the time.
Not only have movies helped me in real life but my UF college roommate, freshman electrical engineering majoring Nicole Williams, as well.
The movie that has helped her is Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, which is set in the mind of 11-year-old Riley and follows her as her world changes when she moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. Williams connects to the film because when she was a freshman in high school she also moved from Springfield, Virginia to Sacramento, California because her parents are in the military. She had to leave her old life and friends behind.
“I experienced the same emotions,” Williams said, referring to what Riley went through in the film due to her sudden move.
The film helped Williams see that in life everything happens for a reason.
“Things happen in life,” she said. “They may be hard in the beginning, but they shape you into the person you are today.”
So, movies can be more than just two hours of filler or mindless entertainment. What movie has helped you throughout your life?