WHAT I LEARNED FROM WATCHING THE GREATEST SHOWMAN MOVIE

The greatest showman : inclusion, family and the importance of contentment.

I watched The Greatest Showman for the first time, early this week and I’ve watched it twice already. It’s that good. The movie is based loosely on the story of P.T Barnum and how he started the circus with a band of societal misfits and by extension, showbiz. It stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams (not Destiny’s Child), Zac Efron, Zendaya Coleman, Keala Settle and more. The setting is 1800’s America and have I mentioned the soundtrack is PHENOMENAL?! You can listen to it here.

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Once upon a time, when I first started blogging, I used to write about everything (even movies) on here, but I haven’t watched any movies worth blogging in a while. So, when I thought “I should blog about The Greatest Showman”, I knew it was good sign that I should.

Lessons from The Greatest Showman

The Power of Dreams

P.T Barnum’s circus sprouts from his dreams of creating a place where people can see things they’ve never seen before. His boyhood dreams of building a life of comforts for his loved ones is also part of his motivation. He has a million dreams that keep him going through the rough times in his life. The Greatest Showman thus demonstrates that if we keep our dreams alive, they can keep us alive too. The sheer determination to achieve a goal is enough to keep propelling us along.

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Barnum’s dreams and determination moved the oddities to give the circus a chance and also Phillip Carlisle to join him.

Keep Things Simple

There aren’t many films on the market nowadays that paint contentment in a positive light. Everyone always wants more and those who don’t necessarily feel the same are small and unambitious. Barnum’s ambition and desire for acceptance and validation causes him to forget his true motivations. Forgetting why you started has ruined many a thing, so let us regularly re-examine our motives to check that our actions are congruent with our motives.

Never Enough Validation

You can’t make people love you or appreciate you. No matter how famous you become, some people still will neither like nor appreciate you or your work. This movie shows what happens when you have an insatiable desire for acceptance or validation. You stop seeing the people who love and value you and become fixated on proving yourself to other people. In life today, we must remind ourselves to live our lives, never just to be “liked” or approved by fickle humans.

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Love = Forgiveness

Forgiveness is no easy feat. Worse still, it is often misapplied and under-appreciated. I won’t spoil the movie but what people say is true: marriage is a union of two great forgivers. Love cannot exist devoid of forgiveness.

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What Family Means

At the core of The Greatest Showman movie is that we create family by acceptance, welcoming people who appear different from us, tolerating and celebrating our individual quirks. We are after all, oddities, all of us at the end of the day.

With impeccable music, a talented cast and an uplifting message, The Greatest Showman is the musical we didn’t know we needed! So if you still haven’t seen it yet, do it! It’s the one you’ve been waiting for.

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Afoma x

PS: If you HAVE seen the movie, did you learn any lessons? What was your favorite thing about it? Zendaya’s trapeze moves are wayyy up there for me!