The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (and all of us)

I recently went to see the movie ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ starring Ben Stiller. It was humorous, touching and had meaning for anyone wondering what they are doing with their life. I quite enjoyed the movie, and found that it had a number of messages about living your life.

You can check out the trailer here:

Walter has a habit of ‘zoning out’ and imagining himself in all sorts of scenarios (where he is often the hero) which take him away from his mundane life. By a sudden turn of events relating to his job, he then takes the bull by the horns and goes out and actually experiences some amazing things (I won’t go into details here, in case you haven’t seen it, and I don’t want to spoil it).

No doubt, we all have those times where we dream of something different, or more profound for ourselves. What struck me in recognising this, is that we have choices. We can either ignore those dreams, and do nothing, continuing on in our mundane lives, or we can do as Walter did, and jump right in, regardless of the consequences. He took a chance, not really thinking about the end result, and even though it didn’t turn out quite the way he expected, it still turned out for the better – I think because he was following his heart, and maintaining focus, not only on his goal, but on a person who meant a lot to him, and this kept him going.

The surprising thing was though, and some may relate to this who have read ‘The Alchemist’ by Paul Coelho, the answer was back home all the time, he just didn’t know where to look. How many of us do that? Think we can’t find an answer to something, and look everywhere else, but at our own doorstep, or in our own selves for answers, or with the people closest to us.

So the messages from the movie are:

  • Daydreams can take us out of our mundane existence, but sometimes when we daydream, we miss what is actually under our noses
  • Act on your dreams and make them reality
  • Experience all life has to offer
  • Trust that if you follow your heart, everything will fall into place
  • Never give up, and keep in your thoughts those that give you inspiration
  • Know that the answers to your questions are more often than not, right with you, wherever you are, but you may need to journey before you come to that realisation
  • Life is circular – it has to return to the starting point to finish its quest

You may like to read ‘The Alchemist’ too. Check out reviews here:


About Penny Houghton

I have been on my journey of self-discovery for many years, having had a particular interest in meditation and toning in the past. I am still seeking the Truth, and have given lectures on many topics, including healing through sound, animal afterlife, humans connecting and transforming, and living in the now. Currently I run a discussion group, and am considering running workshops. I am eager to share what I have learned along the way with others, and also to learn in return!
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4 Responses to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (and all of us)

  1. AP says:

    Thank you, Penny, for this great review. I am now looking forward to watching the movie soon! Love to you. A:)ex

  2. It’s a pleasure Alex. I remembered afterward that there was another message to this – that no matter what we think of ourselves or our abilities, or how we may think we are unimportant, others may see something wonderful in what we do, that we don’t see ourselves. When you see the movie, you will know what I’m talking about!

  3. D. Parker says:

    Thanks for the post. I’ve seen both movies and of course the short story by James Thurber so your post rang true. Thanks. 🙂

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