American Beauty

Posted by Anton Katunin on 14 November 2012
Tags: movie

Today is the first day of the rest of your life

Remember those posters that said... "Today is the first day of the rest of your life"?

Well, that's true with every day except one the day you die.

-- Lester Burnham.

Last words of Lester Burnham

I had always heard your entire life flashes... in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second... isn't a second at all. It stretches on forever, like an ocean of time. For me, it was lying on my back... at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars. And yellow leaves from the maple trees... that lined our street. Or my grandmother's hands and the way her skin... seemed like paper. And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's... brand-new Firebird. And Janie. And Janie. And... Carolyn.

I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst.

And then I remember to relax... and stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain, and I can't feel anything but gratitude... for every single moment... of my stupid little life.

You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure.

But don't worry.

You will someday.

-- Last words of Lester Burnham.