Because college is almost here for my friends and I, I’m gonna try and be motivational/quasi-motivational. I’m not Ray Lewis when it comes to motivating people, but here goes it anyways
"Swingers," to the consensus of people, is a goof movie; the title does speak for itself in some sense. But at the same time, it’s a cult classic and is one of the funniest movies ever made in my opinion. It’s one of my favorite movies along with a shit ton of other movies, like Caddyshack and Beverly Hills Cop.
For people that haven’t seen the movie, because I’m gonna talk about the two main characters in the film and a certain scene containing both of them, I’ll give a brief description for the two characters I’m gonna talk about right now: Mike Peters and Trent Walker.
Mike Peters is a nervous wreck that is trying to recuperate from a breakup that had happened 6 months earlier with his girlfriend of 6 years. Mike is played by Jon Favreau. On the other hand, Vince Vaughn, the-start-of-his-prime Vince Vaughn, played the role of Trent Walker, a vivacious as all hell dude that is best friends with Mike. To add on to his vivacious trait, he’s repulsive when he’s loud in public, just like people are when they’re on their phones in public, particularly on a train. Also, Trent is hysterical as fuck.
(Okay, that was my brief description of both characters. Watch the scene…I’ll be waiting)
Mike is a nervous, pessimistic wreck throughout the film, but he hits his apex in that clip. Trent then says one of my favorite quotes ever that is recurring gag in the film:
"You’re so money and you don’t even know it!"
I know, it sounds weird, because Mike is out of college in the film and flung around with his girlfriend in college. Trent points out that Mike is the nervous wreck he is by saying “your self-esteem is low because of somebody else” and “thinking about it all the time is depressing and no good.” He’s deciphered Mike like a cheap novel.
It’s normal to feel the way Mike was feeling in that scene, emotionally unstable, unwanted, volatile and incredibly morose. Ask people, somebody like Mike, that have experienced a breakup before. It’s a learning experience, but one of the most excruciating, arduous experiences in that person’s lifetime. People that have felt the pain will probably tell you that.
Think of Mike’s feelings in the scene as high school and Trent’s advice as college. If you’re having bad memories of high school, like Mike’s breakup, then college is probably/definitely the thing for you.
For people that already started college or people that are about to start college in the next week/week and a half or so, you have tons of money in you (don’t worry, I’m not talking about student loans). As much as I don’t wanna say it, because high school treated me like a family member, people have to cut ties with high school and get together with college.
The lion’s share of college freshmen, me included in lots of aspects, are all Mike Peters. I’m still having trouble letting go of high school, and, if you really loved the experience like me, 12 years in a public school district (districts if you’ve moved around from place to place). The first-rate, efficacious teachers, the irrefutable influence those teachers gave me/you will never be forgotten, but, unfortunately, time drifts us away from them.
Now, I’m definitely not saying “screw high school to the 9th degree,” I’m saying all college freshmen will be acquiescing to college regardless and the change of scenery. It’ll really translate when you’re in college. Thankfully, I’m staying at a community college that’s roughly 10 minutes away from my house. This is particularly for the people that are going away to college (maybe a blink-182 reference was intended), but it can apply to pretty much any incoming freshman.
Ron da Gawd:
Watch this scene, in which Ron convinces Mike to propel away from his prior relationship.
Done with that too? Okay, (before Jay-Z, Drizzy and Soulja Boy rapped about making it) cool!
I forgot to mention Ron above, who is played by Ron Livingston of Band of Brothers and Office Space fame. Ron is another friend of Mike’s, who is also feeling the same temperamental pain as Mike, a relationship he’s trying to desperately get out of while making the trip to Los Angeles to roam around the swinging scene with Mike.
My favorite quote from the scene is this one:
"The future is beautiful. Look out the window; it’s sunny everyday here…it’s like manifest destiny don’t tell me we didn’t make it, we made it…we are here…everything that is past is prologue to this."
Then another quote:
"You wake up everyday and it hurts a little bit less and you wake up one day and it doesn’t hurt at all…you almost miss that pain.
Then Mike asks:
"Do you miss the pain?"
In which Ron replies:
"…You’ve lived with it for so long”
(I should have quoted the whole scene, because it’s so damn good)
I’m a lot like Ron, in that we’re both optimists about life in general, we’re forward-lookers and we’re upfront about things. Honestly, who would want to be a glass half empty pessimist like Mike? There needs to be less Mike Peters’ and more Ron’s in this world.
Maybe a college freshman will approach their first semester like Ron did with his nagging relationship; I probably will approach my first semester like that. But for a lot of people, they’re nervous nellies, which is absolutely normal. I’m still a little nervous about it, because, again, high school treated me like a family member and it’s hard to drift away from a learning sanctuary, but it’s rudimentary human nature. If somebody doesn’t have jitters about the first day of college/school, first day of a brand spankin’ new job or performing in front of people, particularly playing music or performance artists (I still have massive stage fright; everybody’s got stage fright in them), then there might be something wrong with that person. It’s like listening to Adele while happy.
This goes back to being money and not knowing that you’re full of money. Us college freshmen should grasp things to no avail like we did in high school, which is a huge component of being money. But perhaps the biggest part of being money is doing what you truly love to do and, as Oscar Wilde once said:
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken"
(Picture of Dorian Grey was decent).
I’ve been undecided and lost for my whole life on knowing what I want to do with my life, but I still love what I do, which consists of watching, playing and writing about sports, playing and listening to music, watching movies/TV (like Swingers, heh), regardless if the films or shows are timeless or atrocious heaping piles of crap, talking about pop culture, spitting out random info that no one needs to know, making people smile et al. The interests come in an abundance.
Once you go away to college, remember that you are money. Think like Trent Walker and Ron. Don’t think like Mike Peters’ psyche or else your money will be taken away from you.