Magic and Harry Potter

harry-potter-wallpapers-hdOver the last two weeks or so I have delved head first into the world of Harry Potter. Just for fun, I’d like to let everyone know that yes, I understand that I’m extremely late to broom party seeing as the original Potter film was released back in 2001. And it’s approaching six years since the final film was released.

When it comes to franchises like Potter. And even Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc., I’m apparently the last one to hop aboard the popularity train. I like what I like and I usually stick to that. That said, my fiance asked if I wanted to sit down and finally watch the great iconic film series known as Harry Potter.

“Sure, I think I’m ready,” I said to Morgan.

“Great! Would you rather start with the books or go straight to films?,” she asked.

“I think I’d much rather shoot for the movies so I can read the books after and compare,” I replied.

And that’s how I am. I’m backasswards with things. No matter who it was I have always been directed towards the books before even thinking about watching the films. I’d rather watch what I’m getting into before reading seven 500+ page books.

Again, that’s just how I am. (Side note: I’m about to start book number two as of this writing.)

My infatuation with magic and illusion probably sparked my appreciation and interest in Potter. I’ve been a prodigious fan of magic since I was a kid. The suspense, mystery, and act completely takes me out of reality and helps me believe in the impossible. Yes, even after knowing it’s not necessarily reality. Much of it is fake but the presentation and creativity is the drawing card.

Fast forward to 2006 when I stumbled across the greatest magician who ever lived, Criss Angel. Found the show MINDFREAK and instantly became hooked. Still am. It’s remarkable what Angel does on an everyday basis for his craft. It’s unprecedented. He’s been a role model for me for over a decade now and if you read his book you’ll see some reasons why I say that. He helped me realize it’s OKAY to be who I want to be and not give a giant crap of others opinions. Because they don’t matter.

It’s why I’ve never been judgmental towards anyone in terms of their beliefs, fashion, or interests. Just be you. Always. We are all much better off that way in the long run. Ultimately, it’s what God wants from us. To be who He created us to be. We are individually plucked out and giving special gifts. We are created to be different. Find what it is that makes you happy and roll with it. I spent many years trying to be someone I wasn’t. It was mentally draining and stressful. I couldn’t take ti anymore and I was creating a delusional universe where I didn’t belong.

To be completely honest with everyone, I didn’t figure myself out until as recent as a few years ago. I had to surround myself with the right friends and people. I finally figured it out.

Back to Potter.

As of this writing I still have to watch the final two films before I can attend The Harry Potter Festival Saturday afternoon in Chestnut Hill. Part of me bears excitement while the other part of me weeps with sadness that it’s all ending. Thankfully, I still have five remaining to read. I’ll milk that out as long as possible.

Okay, heading back to structured life for a few more hours. Crossfit tonight at 5:30 as I look to hit 70% of my one rep max on the Split Jerk. Wish me luck.

Oh, then it’s too many handstand pushups, toes to bar, double unders, and rows.

I’ll write a post reviewing our experience at the HP Festival hopefully by Sunday evening.

Eagles Prediction:

Eagles win 23-21

Prayer of the Day:

Today I pray that I give each issue time to work itself out, not making rash decisions or quick-fixes. Everything will be alright, in time!

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