We’ve all had our bad days. We’ve all felt the desire to sleep all day and not deal with people and the world. We’ve all experienced those moments when we started questioning our existence and what our purpose in life is. We all know how it is to be down and out, demotivated, and just plain tired.
You know what, though? Life does get better. You just need to keep your faith and acquire a renewed sense of purpose. Thankfully, Hollywood never fails to give us movie gems to remind us that life is a beautiful journey that must be celebrated and enjoyed. Watch these movies if you need an instant pick-me-up!
The Pursuit of Happiness (2006, Will Smith, Jaden Smith)
Chris Gardner is broke and homeless. All that he has left is his son Christopher, the clothes in his suitcase, and his portable bone density scanner that he is struggling to sell to doctors. Each day is a struggle and harder than the last. Then, one day, his luck changes. It’s a powerful movie inspired by an incredible true story. Keep the kleenex at the ready, though. Remember that we are all success stories waiting to happen. Just hang in there.
Forrest Gump (1994, Tom Hanks)
Forrest may be slow-witted, but he is the luckiest and most adventurous slow-witted person in the world who has achieved many incredible things in his life that most of us can only dream of achieving. The movie wants you to know that anyone can be great. Anyone can achieve the impossible. It’s your dogged determination that will get you there.
Julie and Julia (2009, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams)
Thirty years old, an unexciting job, and an unpublished novel—that’s all Julie Powell felt her life was about until she woke up one day and decided to change her life for the better by cooking all the recipes in Julia Child’s recipe book Mastering the Art of French Cooking every day for an entire year and chronicling everything in her blog. Yes, sometimes, you have to grab life by the balls to make things happen.
Jerry Maguire (1996, Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr.)
Jerry is good at his job as a sports agent, but the cutthroat and often immoral practices of the industry has him questioning himself and all that he stands for. He writes a lengthy mission statement to spark change and sends it out to everyone at work. He gets fired in the process, but it’s also the best thing that’s ever happened to him because it marks the beginning of a career that he can be proud of and relationships that he will treasure for life.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway)
Andy Sachs is a bright and wide-eyed new graduate who unexpectedly lands the very demanding job of being Miranda Priestley’s assistant. The movie shows Andy’s transformation from a tentative and awkward new assistant to someone fashionable, confident, and aggressive. No job is a useless job, even if you think you’re in the wrong industry, and no boss is truly, innately evil, no matter how evil he or she may be to you.