Words to Live By - It's "About Time."

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

One of our favorite movies is a British comedy-drama called, "About Time."  The premise, on his 21st birthday, a young man learns from his father he has the ability to travel back in time.  Apparently, it's a gift that only the men in the family get to enjoy. However, they can only visit a place or time they have already lived.  He is discouraged from using the ability to seek fame or fortune, and decides instead to use it to find love.

The trips back in time are often funny, some are bittersweet. There are always lessons to be learned.  In fact, the underlying message of the movie is to cherish the time you have with the people you love. We think the writing is remarkable, and each of the actors are believable, and lovable. It first came out in 2013, and we've watched it each Christmas since then. The season wouldn't be complete without it. 

My favorite quote comes at the end of the movie. It shouldn't spoil it for you, and in fact, how the young man comes to this conclusion is the reason to watch. "The truth is I now don't travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live every day as if I've deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life."

Therefore when the family sat around the dinner table on Christmas day, and my philosophical daughter-in-law, who turns 40 next year, asked me if there is something I would tell myself at her current age of 39, I didn't hesitate. Live each day as if it's your last, and realize life is about appreciating all of the ordinary things we experience. Taking the children to school, drinking a cup of coffee in the morning, sitting in a quiet house at day's end. Savor each extraordinary moment.  


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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Debb,  I do try to live in the present.  I don't see the point of nostalgia or living in sorrow over what's lost.  My problem is that I tend to go into the future too often, usually making plans or worrying about the future.  The present is really where life is taking place and it centers us if we can really and truly be in the moment.

Dec 28, 2016 09:25 AM #18
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I will be looking for that movie. It seems to deliver a really good message. I like that, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD.

Dec 28, 2016 03:35 PM #19
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, did not see this movie, but love your words - Live each day as if it's your last, and realize life is about appreciating all of the ordinary things we experience.

Dec 29, 2016 05:30 AM #20
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your movie suggestion.

Dec 29, 2016 07:18 AM #21
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debb and Bernie, you two are such remarkable people and it is all of our IMMENSE pleasure to know you, do you know that? You really do "get" the life thing--the reasons why we are here, the purpose of those small moments, not to be missed.

Simply standing in a quiet spot of the world and taking in the silence--one of life's biggest and smallest moments, but priceless. 

This title is going into my Amazon list to see if I can order it as a DVD, I think Larry and I would enjoy watching it--thank you! Love you!!

Dec 29, 2016 12:26 PM #22
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Thank you so much for the movie idea-and yes, Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 is right-you and Bernie definitely get it all-you have incredible perspective!

Dec 29, 2016 03:39 PM #23
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It's About Time sounds like an entertaining movie.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 29, 2016 06:21 PM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                              Thank you Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Dec 31, 2016 04:39 PM #25
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Thanks for the movie recommendation. It's one I haven't seen yet.

Dec 31, 2016 08:13 PM #26
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Very wise words to live by, and a movie that sounds a good fun movie to watch. Wishing you a year filled with love and living in the moment.

Jan 01, 2017 04:45 AM #27
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

As for the conclusion, a good way to start the year.  Live for now as you don't know about tomorrow.

Jan 01, 2017 07:12 AM #28
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I must put this movie on my list !  Thanks so much for the review.  Happy New Year, Debb.

Jan 01, 2017 08:58 AM #29
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - not a movie buff - but will add this to my list...

Jan 01, 2017 03:20 PM #30
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I'm putting in my vote for "drinking that first great cup of coffee in the morning," I embellished it a little but it truly represents one of life's great pleasures for me. It sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your daughter-in-law. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Jan 01, 2017 03:46 PM #31
Lisa Hernandez
Opes Real Estate Group - Kendall, FL
Realtor serving Kendall, South Miami & Pinecrest

Thanks to Kathy for showing us this post - will have to check it out! 

Jan 01, 2017 04:21 PM #32
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debb and Bernie

Those are certanly powerful words of wisdom. I haven't seen this movie but sounds like a winner.


Jan 02, 2017 08:01 AM #33
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

I've just returned from the holidays and been off-line so decided to start with Kathy Streib 's "Ah-ha" moments for the week and so glad I did! Loved your post and definitely agree live each day to the fullest like it is your last..savor each moment! All our family - kids and grand kids have been on a southern Caribbean Cruise and enjoyed each and every minute!!

Jan 02, 2017 09:03 AM #34
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hey there, what a nice surprise, I didn't see this featured and logged in today after a few days away from technology. I'm hoping many of you do see this sweet movie, but more importantly it warms my heart to know how many of you already "get it." Happy New Year. D 

Jan 02, 2017 09:58 AM #35
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Wow Debb, if the movie is half as good as this blog post, it's a blockbuster! Totally my kind of movie! :O) I love the 'towards the end of the movie quote.' Sage advice! I'm looking forward to seeing this movie!

Jan 02, 2017 04:46 PM #36
Bunny Terry
Keller Williams Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM
A Different Kind of Realtor in the City Different

One of my favorite movies of all time as well. Four years ago I was diagnosed with stage iv colon cancer, and it bought me up short. Had I really lived every day to it's fullest? Of course, the answer was no. But I had done a pretty good job of seeing my life with a clear eye. After I was given a cancer free status a couple of years later, I saw this movie on Netflix, and it spoke so many truths. As odd as it might sound, I would not go back in time and find a way to keep myself from that cancer dx, because it was one of the best things that ever happened to me in the end. I became more involved in my life, kinder, more awake, and more determined to positively effect the people I meet every day. 

I guess that's almost a blog post in itself. Thanks for the post. Love it!

Jan 04, 2017 05:35 AM #37
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