How ‘Dead Poets Society’ Resonated with My Journey

life is too short to conform and it is worthwhile to follow one’s dreams and desires, even if they seem unconventional or unorthodox. 

First time watching ‘Dead Poets Society,’ and I’m grateful our professor recommended it. Hits close to home since I’m a poet too. Literature has always been my way of expressing myself, from teenage days to feeling down, in love, or excited about chasing dreams. In this blog, we’ll explore the different things we see and feel in this amazing film.

“Dead Poets Society,” directed by Peter Weir, is a really captivating movie that shows us how literature can have a big impact on our lives and how important it is to be true to ourselves. The story takes place in a strict boarding school in the 1950s, where a group of students, led by their amazing English teacher, Mr. Keating, find out just how beautiful poetry can be and how it can inspire them to break free from society’s expectations. 

What I loved most about this movie was the moral lesson it taught. It’s so relevant and helpful, especially for us adulting folks. It made me realize the importance of embracing our passions and going after what truly matters to us. It’s all about seizing the day and making the most of every opportunity. I think that’s something we can all relate to, don’t you?

I’m truly happy how this movie reminds me again of the beauty and importance of poetry. It’s not just fancy words on a page, it’s a way for us to express ourselves and connect with others on a deeper level. And I think that’s something we can all learn from and appreciate.

I’d love to highlight some key takeaways from the movie that are definitely worth reflecting on and sharing. Here they are:

1.  Pursuit of Passion

“Dead Poets Society” imparts the message of seizing the day (Carpe Diem) and pursuing one’s passions. Through Mr. Keating’s unconventional teaching methods, the students are encouraged to break free from the expectations imposed by their families and society. The film emphasizes that life is too short to conform and that it is worthwhile to follow one’s dreams and desires, even if they seem unconventional or unorthodox.

Just to share where I’m coming from, In my family, there are high expectations for me. They envision me earning academic honors, securing a rewarding job, and eventually settling down to start a family with a child but that’s a very typical choice. For a free spirited person like me,I really want to explore life and experience more than being a housewife in my 30s. In 2019, I took a leap of faith, I built my own freelancing business, left my well-paying job in Manila to return to my hometown in the province, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Instead of staying in a modern concrete house, I chose to build my own small bahay kubo office surrounded by a vegetable garden and less than a hundred chickens. I totally moved out from the family home. Don’t get me wrong. I have a good relationship with my family. It was a conscious choice to embrace a lifestyle that truly reflected who I am and what I love.

From that moment on, I have never looked back with regret. Every minute of my life since then has been filled with happiness, personal fulfillment, contentment, and peace. Living on my own in the province comes with its challenges – I do everything by myself – but it has transformed me into a more humble and grateful person. The experience has taught me the value of independence and the importance of appreciating what I have. It’s not always easy, but it has made me a better version of myself.

Indeed, Pursuing your passion and doing the things you love will definitely make you a better and happier person.

2. The Power of Literature:

The film highlights the transformative power of literature and the written word. Mr. Keating’s unique teaching style, such as standing on his desk and reciting poetry with passion, ignites a love for poetry and literature within his students. By introducing them to the works of renowned poets like Walt Whitman, the film underscores how words can inspire, challenge, and alter lives. It demonstrates the ability of literature to provide solace, provoke thought, and foster personal growth.

3. Challenging Conformity:

“Dead Poets Society” urges viewers to question societal norms and challenge conformity. The movie portrays the restrictive environment of the boarding school, where students are expected to adhere to strict rules and pursue predetermined paths. Through the actions of the main characters, the film highlights the importance of individuality and the courage to stand up against oppressive systems. It prompts viewers to reflect on their own lives and the pressures they face to conform, encouraging them to embrace their true selves and pursue their own passions.

In my case, people often doubt that I can live my own unique lifestyle, that I can earn from home while pursuing my passion and advocacies. Choosing to live a humble life pushes away those who are only around for personal gain. Starting my own business at a young age and doing freelance work makes my family think it’s not as stable as working for a big company or in a government office. But you know what? I believe that if we don’t challenge conformity, we’ll live with regrets and wonder “what if” for the rest of our lives.


4. The Importance of Friendship:

Friendship plays a pivotal role in “Dead Poets Society.” The bond formed between the students in the face of adversity exemplifies the strength and support that friendships can provide. Through their shared love for literature and their rebellion against societal expectations, the characters find solace and encouragement in one another. The film emphasizes the significance of genuine connections and the impact they can have on personal growth and resilience.

People often believe that as we get older, our circle of friends becomes smaller. However, I don’t think that’s true for everyone. I believe it’s a choice we make. We have the power to nurture our friendships and form deep connections with people as we grow older. It shouldn’t be lonely at the top; it’s nice to have friends to enjoy the journey with. It’s just a matter of finding the right group of people, and nowadays, there are plenty of platforms that allow us to do just that.

We have the power to nurture our friendships and form deep connections with people as we grow older. It shouldn’t be alone at the top.

“Dead Poets Society” is a movie that resonates with audiences of all ages due to its timeless themes and heartfelt storytelling. By championing the pursuit of passion, the power of literature, the importance of challenging conformity, and the value of friendship, the film leaves a lasting impression. It encourages viewers to reflect on their own lives, embrace their individuality, and seize the opportunities that come their way. “Dead Poets Society” serves as a reminder that life is meant to be lived authentically and passionately, inspiring audiences to make their mark on the world and create their own legacy.

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