The New Trailer for “JOKER” is Relatable

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Growing up, we always side with the heroes. The villains scare the hell out of our childhood imaginations. We want to be the good guy and it’s difficult to see the perspective of antagonists.

As we go through life and see more of the world, things change inside of us. Suddenly the dark, twisted villain doesn’t seem so bizarre anymore. In fact, the bad guy starts to be more relatable to our values than the hero.

Why is that? What does the world do to create people who side more with villains? What changes alter our brains to empathize with those committing horrendous crimes? 

As we go through life, gain experience, watch years pass by, lose friends, and adapt, our spirits start to die. Our enthusiasm for life in general slowly fades away. We begin to work on autopilot and learn to hate others as we are cheated, burned, betrayed, or abandoned time and time again. Our hopes and dreams are sucked down the drain and we come to expect the absolute worst of everyone we meet.

So naturally, as we see new superhero/villain movies as worn out, scarred adults, we start to relate more to the bad guys and see the good guys as annoying or over-the-top. We know that no one is perfect, and the idea of a perfect person is just insulting. A perfect, squeaky clean hero is entirely unrelatable to those of us living in the real world.

In both Aquaman and Avengers: Infinity War, I realized that I understood the villains’ perspectives. Not saying I agreed with their methods, but I get it. I get why they did what they did.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for JOKER yet, it’s amazing. Here’s the link:

“Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

“I used to think that my life was a tragedy, but now I realize – it’s a comedy.” 

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Giving Up A Long-Time Dream

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Imbedded since childhood, grown by unalterable loyalty to a powerful, glorified institution, this was a dream worth pursuing. It was everything I had ever longed for, including the rough lifestyle, major commitment, and unarguable glory from almost everyone in the country. 

It was right for me and I was perfect for it. There wasn’t a more dedicated heart in existence. Yet they saw the darkness that’s haunted me for years and judged me harshly. All the purity and goodness in my soul are pushed aside and forgotten because of the scars on my skin. The perfect grades, the physical preparedness, the pure soul and compassion – none of that matters when they take a peak at the medical history. 

It’s too bad, really. They wouldn’t have found anyone more loyal and dedicated. And I’m not sure I’ll ever find anything more inline with who I’ve always wanted to become. We are meant for each other, but because of modern rules and regulations, we will forever be apart. It feels so right, but it can never be reality. The rules are understandable to a point, yet in a way, archaic. Who hasn’t done what I’ve done? I’m being punished for being honest where others lie to gain access to the institution.

Movies are partially to blame, along with a childhood role model that influenced a young, hopeful brain. I had far to go and many challenges to face before the opportunity arose. By then, it was too late. I survived the worst of an internal storm, but not without losing something I can never get back, not without doing things I can never undo. At that young age I sealed a fate of being forced to live without the dream I’d always wanted. I made the choice – not the doctors, not my parents. It’s on me.

The choice was between living a normal life with a normal brain or choosing to pursue my dream. I chose the former option and let go of my aspirations.

Now what?

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Life Lessons from Super Mario Bros.


Through the years I’m sure we’ve each had the pleasure of playing some version of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Originally released in 1985, this game is based on a plumber trying to save a princess from an evil creature. The plumber travels through unique worlds, each with odd obstacles, all to find and face the final monster holding the princess captive.

(Even if you are an adult, I would suggest playing this game if you’ve never had the luxury ;))

Whatever the main goal of the game may be, there are a couple of deeper meanings that can be pulled from the missions in Super Mario Bros. 

Here’s what can be learned from playing this game:

[Disclaimer: this posts includes my own opinions. None of this is stated directly in this video game. The points here are just what I, myself, concluded from the game as a whole. I am not part of Nintendo, I own no rights, etc. Just a fan.]

1 – No matter where you come from, you can be a hero.

Mario and Luigi are plumbers. They’re not royalty or knights of the kingdom, or any other typical heroic figure.

Yet, regardless of social status and career placement, these brothers take initiative to save this damsel in distress.

Our “status” in life is irrelevant. We are all capable of the most amazing accomplishments. Whether it’s saving a princess or some other (more modern) life mission, our places in society have nothing to do with our heroic ventures.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a plumber, a dentist, an accountant, or a waitress – heroism is much deeper than whatever career label society has planted on your forehead.

2 – Money is instrumental, but never the goal. 

Throughout playing the game, money (or finding coins) helps you stay alive long enough to complete your mission. In picking up coins, you’re able to earn more lives and sometimes buy enhancements to help you better defeat the enemy.

Though it’s helpful, money is never the mission itself. The point of the game is to save the princess. If you find yourself sidetracked, only searching for coins, you’ll never advance enough to actually make the final rescue. You’ll only be wondering around, never doing what you were designed to do.

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This relates to our real, human lives perfectly. Our mission in life should never be to “make money.” Yes, money helps take care of family, buy fun things, and pay the bills. But financial gain should only ever be seen as an instrument or tool in advancing our missions in life.

If money is the goal, happiness will never come.

So that’s two important life lessons that can be taken from this fun, adventurous little video game.

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Again, if you’ve never played Super Mario Bros., you’re really missing out. 😀

Thank you for reading this post and I hope you have an amazing day.



Never stop chasing your princess!

Carly Twelve