Of course there are exceptions to the Hollywood ending, but even if the hero/heroine dies - everyone else is better. Sad, but their lives have been completed.
Are you more of an Independent type movie/book lover? The one where things don't wrap up so nicely. People get hurt - but you know they feel and are raw and are human. It's the book you keep thinking about. Years later, in the back of your mind, you wonder what those people are doing? You hope they are doing okay. (Yes, we all realize they are fictional characters, but we hope they are doing well).
I like both. I really like it when you read an Independent Book - and it goes Hollywood, only to leave you hanging there at the end. Or all sad and messed up, because it didn't end the way they were leading you on or vice verse. (Almost Famous; Country Strong; Honeymoon in Vegas)
With life, I'm not sure if I lean towards Independent or Hollywood. I definitely think my own way and I will try things against the norm. BUT I want to go against the norm and get my Hollywood ending. Deep inside me there is a made for TV movie just wanting to come out. And if that ever happened, I would be so appalled I wouldn't be able to think straight.
I'm going to ramble here for a minute and it might not make sense, but I have to get it all out.
I had to come back to Hawaii. I had to come to terms with pieces of my life. I needed to figure some things out. Put the pieces of the puzzle back together.
I'm an independent film type of girl. When happily ever after doesn't work out - it's OK. And for a moment, I believed in Hollywood. Something I haven't done for years. Then Hollywood, reminded me, you are an Independent film kinda gal. Don't go changing whom you really are. That's just pretend. Hollywood isn't real.
So, today, I venture off my regular island schedule. I stayed at the house too late. I cut through a neighborhood I don't normally cut through on the way to swim. I look left, before I turn right - and walking down the street the way I wasn't going was the person I needed to see. Walking down the street. THE OTHER WAY. I had a split second choice. I was already committed to going right, I could keep going. (Was it really him? Am I sure?). OR I could turn left.
And do what????
I could call my best friend. I'm really not strong enough to make this decision. What should I do???
Let Hollywood take over.... Or Island Magic
LEAP - after all it's LEAP DAY of LEAP YEAR.
What the heck do I have to lose? If I turn right, I'll always wonder. And that is where the Independent Film will take us. I'll want to call and talk. I'll want to say things I won't. If I turn left, I know where he's going and we can "run into each other". Hollywood style. And independent all at once. Maybe I have it backwards. Hollywood would have kept going. Independent needed the drama? Maybe? The road to the right, she went on with her life, and lived happily ever after. Does Hollywood really have the drama?
I make the only you turn I've made this trip. I had turned right. Knowing, if I didn't turn around, I'd regret it my whole life. Now what?? I call my best friend. Of course I do. He's walking down the road. Are you sure? (I'm sorry - side thought here: How old are we???) No, that's why I went ahead and pulled over. I'm looking through the side view mirror. Yes, it's him. It's a mannerism. That's what he does with his hair. WHAT DO I DO? "Whatever you do, don't hang up the phone, I want to hear it". :-) Now, THAT'S a best friend......
As much as I couldn't breathe and my hands were shaking, I put the phone in my lap, (No, I didn't hang up) I leaned out the window and said "Hey, you want a ride to the beach?" :-) And as nervous as I was - at least I had 2 minutes to think this through - he was completely shocked. He handled it well.
He got in. Of course he did. This is Hollywood now.
We parked the car. We got in the water. We body surfed. We saw whales. Several of them. We played and we didn't talk about the elephant in the room - or should I say whale?
We went to the grocery store. We went to the Harbor to meet some friends. And then we said good-night.
What are you doing tomorrow? Working in the morning. Shall we go to the water in the afternoon?
Of course. This is Hollywood after all. At least for the moment.