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Why We All Need a Will Traynor in Our Lives

Have you seen Me Before You?
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We need someone who will shake us to our core with their very presence, disrupting the everyday mundane and pushing us out of our comfort zone. Someone who will encourage us to try new things, like watching subtitled movies, spending a night at the orchestra, scuba diving in the deep blue sea, spinning around the dance floor on two wheels, or simply keeping the windows wide open on a stormy night for a spectacular view of mother nature raging on outside.

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We need someone who will take time to listen to our stories and hear the truths bubbling under the surface. Someone who will remember our throwaway comments and dig into that memory box for special occasions, like birthdays that we will look back on with bumblebee-colored glasses. Someone who will see the genius behind what the rest of the world sees as stupid, questionable, outrageous choices. Someone who will surprise us and make us surprise our own selves. Someone who will look at us and see a million possibilities.

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We could all use a Will Traynor, but the man himself would scoff at this—though he’d be flattered of course—and tell us to be the Will Traynor of our own lives. Push your own butt out of the comfort zone. Learn to sit still and listen to your truths. Treat yourself on both special occasions and non-occasions. Stand by your choices. Don't doubt or downplay your own potential. Better yet, be a Will Traynor to others, like the Louisa Clarks who could use that extra push, and find joy in their happiness.

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As Will says, "Live boldly. Live well. Just live."

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Stalks celebrities, watches TV, marathons movies, curls up with books, and flails at concerts for a living. Also: semi-hardcore Whovian.
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PRIMO.

First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

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