The Promise (500 Days)

(500) Days of Summer

Over a year ago I read a blog post from Sean Platt aka Writer Dad that has stuck with me. He asked us if we believed in soul mates?

I answered a wholehearted, “Yes!” before I read any further.

I’ve always felt like there was that one special person out there, solely for me.

I just watched “(500) Days of Summer.” It was a brilliant movie, although it was a bit sad. (Spoiler Alert)

I really identified with Tom Hansen, the main character. He had these expectations about love and the growth of his relationship with Summer. However, the reality doesn’t quite live up to his fantasy.

The object of Tom’s affection doesn’t believe in soul mates. Summer challenges him on his belief and basically says that life isn’t like a romantic movie or a novel.

Like Tom, I want to hold onto the belief that soul mates exist even though so many things in this life will have us believe it is a fantasy.

At the end of the movie, Tom is about ready to step out of the romantic world he lives in and join everyone else in reality. But fate intertwines and he gets a second chance at romance. It was a perfect ending.

It reminded me of a quote from Ally McBeal, “The world is no longer a romantic place. Some of its people still are, however. And therein lies the promise… Don’t let the world win, Ally McBeal.”

I’m glad Tom didn’t let the world win. It was a great story and kept the promise of soul mates.

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