If you are like me, The Matrix was one of those game-changing films that just blew your mind. The story was great, the graphics and special effects were amazing, and it made you think.
I think there are some good lessons we can draw from The Matrix and apply to our lives. Here are a few that are useful for adventurers.
Lessons for an Adventurous Life
1. Keep an open mind. – Things are not always what you perceive them to be. Think about the mind-blowing idea of humans as simple batteries, networked brains experiencing a false reality, the boy with the spoon… Is that air you’re breathing? What is really possible? What have you decided is impossible? When it comes time to take the leap toward your goal, like Neo on the rooftop, remember what Morpheus said, “Free your mind.”
2. You have potential, realize and maximize it. – When he was the new guy, Neo was really insecure about his abilities and doubted the potential that others saw in him. It’s important to take the time to recognize our strengths and maximize them. Neo figured out he was the Chosen One. What will you become?
3. Utilize and support your network. – Even Neo needed a helping hand from time to time. Whether it was training, fighting or escaping death, Neo had a great support network that went out of their way to help him succeed. He also reciprocated. His friends, on occasion laid down their lives to help him. You can cultivate strong loyalty in your network as well by being a reliable, trustworthy friend. Together we are stronger.
“Stop trying to hit me and hit me!” – Morpheus
Bonus #4. Do it already. – Like a futuristic Yoda, Morpheus tells Neo to stop frakkin’ around and hit him. If you have some goal you’re aiming for, get to it! Stop making excuses, stop feeling sorry for yourself and take the steps necessary to get there. Because in life, Action > Talking.
At one point, Morpheus tells Neo, “…sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” This is one I struggled with for a long time. I knew how to be healthy, how to get fit, but I lost sight of that and got fat – 296 lbs! – and made excuses for why I couldn’t change that. It’s important to walk the walk, ’cause action trumps talk every time.
Time to put those walking shoes on.
“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it. ” – Morpheus