I have seen Good Will Hunting quite a couple times but it wasn’t until the last time that I saw it, which was during the first few days of January, that it really hit how much this movie means a lot to me. I haven’t stopped thinking about this movie ever since. It contains so much emotion and depth that it makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry for a few days straight.
The movie is about Will Hunting, played by Matt Damon, who has an IQ of a genius but works as a janitor at MIT. He solves a difficult mathematical problem and is later consulted to a therapist played by Robin Williams. Will is just a regular guy, nothing big happens in his life and he usually just goes out to the bar to drink beer with Chuckie, portrayed by Ben Affleck, and his other friends. He meets a girl, Skylar, who is played by Minnie Driver, but he still needs to re-evaluate his relationships with himself and the people he surrounds himself with the help of Robin’s character in order to find his direction in life.
This movie has changed my life, as cheesy and corny as that may sound, and has opened my eyes to things that I thought didn’t matter much before. If you still haven’t seen Good Will Hunting, I highly suggest that you do. By the way, the screenplay is written by both Damon and Affleck which they won Oscars for!
But this is what this post is about.
W h a t c a n w e l e a r n f r o m G o o d W i l l H u n t i n g ?
1. Use your talent.
Will is incredibly smart yet he refuses to move out of South Boston to use his knowledge. Often times, our hidden talents stay hidden, and I feel like this is the case for me. Quite a lot of people say that I’m very good at writing and should probably think about starting a book, which I still haven’t done because I don’t feel like I’m good enough to write something that people would want to keep reading. Because of this, I resorted to starting a blog. I have no problem with this blog since I’ve always wanted to do it anyway, but in a way it was also a sort of “shield” for the whole book-writing thing. There are people out there who are incredibly good at something but they choose to not let anyone know about this talent because of fear, this then makes them settle for what they have now instead of using their ability to make something greater of themselves.
2. Education doesn’t always come from a classroom.
I hate how true this is because it makes me want to just go out there and learn everything I possibly can. There are just certain things in life, or really about life, that you don’t learn in a classroom. There are situations in life that you would have to deal with first hand and later on learn from it. That’s what Will is like. Even though he’s clearly a genius, he learns from the things he comes across to.
See, the sad thing about a guy like you is in fifty years, you’re gonna start doing some thinking on your own, and you’re gonna come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don’t do that. And two, you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a f***ing education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.
3. We’re all just trying to find out what our purpose is in life. Some may take longer than others.
Will didn’t have direction in his life before he met Sean (Williams). He didn’t know what he wanted to do with himself or where he was headed. He didn’t know and had no idea what to do. I can relate to Will during that time because I mentioned before that I still have no idea what I want to do with my life and frankly same goes for my purpose. I don’t really know whether or not I’ve already served my purpose here on earth or if I still have yet to do it. But I know one thing’s for sure, it’s okay if we take time. There’s no rush.
4. Sometimes all we need is a little push.
I think my favourite part of the entire movie is when Chuckie tells Will how it is.
‘Cause tomorrow I’m gonna wake up and I’ll be 50. And I’ll still be doing this sh*t. And that’s all right, that’s fine. I mean, you’re sittin’ on a winning lottery ticket and you’re too much of a p*ssy to cash it in. And that’s bullsh*t. `Cause I’d do anything to f***ing have what you got. So would any of these f***ing guys. It’d be an insult to us if you’re still here in 20 years. Hanging around here is a f***ing waste of your time. […] Oh, I don’t know that? Let me tell you what I do know. Every day I come by your house and I pick you up. And we go out we have a few drinks and a few laughs, and it’s great. You know what the best part of my day is? It’s for about 10 seconds from when I pull up to the curb to when I get to your door. Because I think maybe I’ll get up there and I’ll knock on the door and you won’t be there. No goodbye, no see you later, no nothin’. You just left. I don’t know much, but I know that.
Personally, this is what I think really pushed Will to finally leave Boston and do something greater with his life. I feel like Will needed someone that really cares about him and have that person tell him to go after it and do something far greater for himself. And I feel that having those words come out of Chuckie, a guy who barely gives a damn about anything at all, really woke up Will to his senses. I think some of us just really need that little push to make us go for it. And if you’re that person right now waiting for someone to wake you up to your senses, I’m here to tell you to go for it. Go. Go after whatever it is you’ve been meaning to go after.
5. It’s okay to let people in, sometimes it’s exactly what we need to do.
Will didn’t want to go through therapy at first because he felt like he didn’t have any problems. But later on, he opens up to Sean about his life and how things have been for him. There’s a scene where Sean repetitively tells Will “it’s not your fault” until Will cries and they hug it out. This was when I learned that Will has had so much bottled up inside of him that he was just ready to burst any moment. On the outside, he seemed like this really confident, cocky guy who doesn’t care much but inside he’s broken and has a lot going on.
Often times, the reason why we don’t open up to other people is because we fear that they’ll judge us for feeling the way we do. But quite frankly, there are times that we need to open up to someone and tell them what’s going on with us instead of bottling up all these emotions inside of you. Just remember:
6. Things will be okay.
Sean told Will that bad times wake us up to the good stuff we weren’t paying attention to. I can’t even begin to tell you how true that has been for me. My religion teacher gave my class and advice this week: just wait. He said that things will be okay and all we have to do is just wait. It may not seem like it now but you will be fine, and you will be happy again and you will look back into this obstacle you’re facing and smile at the fact that you overcame.
7. Real loss only occurs when you’ve loved somebody more than you love yourself.
Need I say more?
Guys, please go watch this movie if you still haven’t. It’s beyond beautiful and I cannot emphasize that enough.