"If you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining." ~Pat Solitano, Jr
WE'RE ALL NOMINATED
I saw the movie, Silver Linings Playbook, about a month ago. I remember identifying with Bradley Cooper's character, Pat Solitano, in the funny and emotionally intense scenes of the movie. Sitting in the theatre, I could tell who receives treatment by the laughter in certain parts. I could tell who the family members are by some of the tears. I could also tell who is absolutely ignorant about mental illness in society by those who have no idea why people like the movie so much. This movie touched on every important aspect of mental illness within the family. This movie is all of us. I feel like we're all nominated.
This movie was so simple yet captured so much of what 1 in 5 people and 1 in 3 households experience. This truth is often a family truth. In my family, I call it the Famiano Family Gift:-) I have heard of relatives generations ago having "nervous breakdowns." I have had an uncle and cousin commit suicide. That part of the illness is the scary part, and the flip side of that coin is the gift...if we can endure the painful times. The Solitano family did touch on some OCD tendencies and a gambling addiction. It was a family illness in this movie. Pat was the center of the conflict, but he was the only one actively looking at his life to make it better.
Walking away, I thought about how much I enjoyed the movie. What I didn't know was...I would continuously think about the movie for weeks and posting quotes on various social networking sites. I'm very open about talking about my illness. This is not the case for most people because of the stigma that people who have mental illness are deranged lunatics and a danger to themselves and others. Even though this is extremely false, this abstract concept makes people keep their truth inside. Silver Linings Playbook has allowed us to have these important discussions. We can talk about Pat and Tiffany in a way that it doesn't put the focus all on us, knowing they are symbols of us.
I'm writing this blog at the beginning of the Oscars. Whether the actors win or lose, they have opened the door to so many people to talk about mental illness. I thank everyone involved!
"EXCELSIOR!"~Pat Solitano, Jr. :-) :-)