Two films resonate my high school years – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off & The Breakfast Club. Both set in the 80’s, both dealing with teenage angst and both way off reality!

Nostalgically, I return to these films almost assuming this as my history, my story. Yet they are just movies. Pure fantasy. Film has a way of reshaping how we think about our past, possibly elevating it to a higher plane of enjoyment and adventure, making our present seem, well, ordinary.

What were troubling and confused times when we were there, now seem fun and carefree. Whilst distance can add perspective, I think it important to identify the past for what it was without comparing it our NOW and to our FUTURE.

As cool as it would have been to be Ferris Bueller, drive the 1961 Ferrari GT, see the Cubs play at Wrigley Field and impersonate Abe Froman – Sausage King of Chicago, that movie showcased only one day in the life of this character. In reality, I’m sure the very next day he would have attended school, been frustrated by the piles of homework, argued as to why he should have to clean the bathroom and wondered about how HE would finally land a car of his own.

Let’s leave the past in the past, learning from it and boldly stepping into TODAY and TOMORROW.

As Ferris said “the question isn’t ‘what are we going to do’ the question is ‘what aren’t we going to do?’!”


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