Dance Magic Dance. Lessons We Can Learn From Labyrinth.

19 Dec

If you aren’t familiar with the movie Labyrinth with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly you must get your hands on it immediately and watch it.  If you are familiar with the movie there’s a good chance it was a childhood favorite that has hopefully grown with you and you can still appreciate it.  It is still a favorite of mine.  My siblings and I would watch it all the time, sometimes we would fast forward to the song David Bowie sings Dance Magic Dance.  It is one of the tapes I took with me to college, for me it was a must have.  I recently watched the VHS that I’ve had since it came out in on video in 1987 which still plays wonderfully.

Wisdom From Labyrinth:

  • “Things aren’t always what they seem.  Don’t take anything for granted.”  This is one of the first things Sarah learns about the Labyrinth.  It’s a reminder to think outside the box and to think of alternatives instead of going off what we always do.
  • Life is not fair.  Sarah often exclaims “That’s not fair!”  To which Jareth(David Bowie) replies,”You say that so often I wonder what your basis for comparison is.”  Now that is profound.  What are most of us comparing fairness in life to?
  • A perfect example of a frenemy relationship is Sarah’s and Hoggle’s.  Hoggle helps Sarah, but often in exchange for something.  Hoggle runs away when things start to get a little rough, but when he returns Sarah takes him back as a friend even though she can’t trust him.  What we discover is that Hoggle, like many people, is a coward and that is why he acts the way he does.
  • The garbage lady is a scary reminder to not be a hoarder physically or emotionally.  Do not hold onto the past, most of it is junk.  Let things go.
  • Leggings are not to be worn as pants a la David Bowie in this movie.
  • “YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER ME.” This is a line from the book Labyrinth that Sarah struggles to remember.  She says it to break the spell that has been put over her by the goblin king.  Remember this and it instantly brings you back to reality and you should realize that it’s all bullshit.
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