Stop the world…..I want to get on!!
~ Leo Bloom, The Producers
Last night, The Producers by Mel Brooks was on TV. Now most of you don’t know this about me, but I’m a huge fan of Mel Brooks. Like Epic. Huge. Fan. His film History of the World Part I is one of my Top 5 Favorites of all time ever in the history of the world (as I know it).
Anyway….I’ve seen both the Broadway musical production and the film of The Producers and last night, I had absolutely no plans to watch it, yet when I turned on my tv last night, it was playing and because it’s Mel Brooks…. (see aforementioned paragraph… ha ha!)
Now as I was sitting there enjoying the film like I always do cause it’s Mel Brooks and um…..anyway, one scene just struck me: Leo Bloom totally flees from Max after being offered the chance to produce a musical with him. The scene is so funny and yet so sad because he runs away back to his safe, comfortable, boring, unhappy and crappy job as an accountant. When Leo gets back to his job, he sits down and tries so desperately to get into his normal groove…..but he can’t. He simply cannot concentrate on his job since he met Max.
He starts to day dream and doodle in his ledger.
and obviously doesn’t want to be there.
He wants to be a producer. He doesn’t know what to do.
So he’s been offered an opportunity, the opportunity of his dreams, to be a Broadway producer, but…OMG….how can he leave his safe life and role and become what he’s always wanted to become?
Well, after a really fabulous musical number with lots of dancing and hilarity, Leo makes this declaration at the end..
Stop the world….I want to get on!!!
He wants to get on, not step off the world and escape.
He wants to get on….
It’s such a great scene and Matthew Broderick is hilarious as Leo Bloom, the mild mannered, sweet, kind, accountant with big dreams and big fears (sound familiar, anyone?…..) If you haven’t seen the film or musical, I suggest you check it out..( Jon Lovitz as his boss in this particular scene is fucking priceless….5 seconds of screentime and …bwhahah, I’m laughing now just thinking about it. I swear, all it takes is one eyebrow. bwhahahah…)
Anyway..um…I sort of lost myself there thinking about how funny this movie is!
What can this fun and humorous movie teach us?
Well one, our lives are a choice.
Everyday. No matter where we are or what we are doing or what we are surrounded by, we have choices to make.
Do we run like Leo did when someone offers us the opportunity to live our dream?
Do we say no when we really want to say yes?
Do we say something like “Maybe” or “I’ll think about it” or “I’ll get back to you.”
Or do we say YES!!!
And then say to ourselves,
“OMG, what did I just agree to do?”
“What in the fuck did I just get myself into?”
And two, how do we handle the onslaught of emotions and feelings that bombard and hit us like a title wave us after we’ve made our choice and said yes or no?
Do we feel regret or sadness if we’ve said no?
Do we feel happy or exhilarated and happy if we’ve said yes?
Do we beat ourselves up internally if we’ve said no?
Do we feel sick to our stomachs and feel lost after we’ve said yes?
What happens next? What do we do? Who do we turn to no matter what decision we’ve made?
I can’t answer those questions for you. Only you can answer those questions…
I will say this, whatever your ‘gut’ reaction is when you are faced with a choice, your gut is probably right.
It may feel weird, or awkward or uncomfortable. It may feel awesome and good and happy and joyful.
No matter what you are feeling when you make that choice, everyday, it’s perfect.
Your feelings are perfect.
You are perfect.
Your feelings are you and you are amazing.
Your body, your mind, your spirit. They are you and they are amazing…
and believe it or not, they are guiding you and giving you feedback in realtime.
So don’t ignore them.
Stop the world and get on…or stop the world and get off.
The choice is yours.