I have just watched 127 hours, which I had saved for that moment where there was nothing else to do and I was not in the mood to read. Basically when you bypass most of what you need to do in favour of the least involved “lean back” entertainment.
The reason I had not been overly interested in seeing this film made by Danny Boyle is that I am blatantly aware of the ending. I knew about the ending as soon as the film was near release. It was a bit like when watching the film Titanic, I wonder how it is going to turn out? Will they have a trouble free trip across the Atlantic? Will it be a gripping near miss and all get rescued?
However back to 127 hours, as someone parenting a child, in fact parenting boys (although I do know girls who are very adventurous and into dangerous sports and risk taking), I feel this film may deserve a mention for a completely different reason. Sure the ending is well known but the trauma, stress and context are not or at least they weren’t to me. In terms of teenagers at risk is your youth at risk?
There is a very strong emotionally driven message about personal safety consciously woven throughout the fabric of the film. There are risks and risk taking activities which are, not just appropriate but, needed for our development. We know that teenagers’ brains are re-wiring and spend some time in a format that makes their ability to assess risk and perform basic risk assessment woefully inadequate at times.
He showed a fantastically resourceful attitude and was incredibly adaptable in his catalogue and subsequent use of his resources. In itself this and the ability to keep your head together in a crisis is in itself a valuable lesson for any young person. He clearly had great strength of character to get himself out of that position is there a link between depression and risky behaviour? If so most young people who get themselves into these situations may not have the self belief to get themselves out.
The main character in the film handles this bluntly during the period of duress as he speaks to camera of the time anyone will take to find out he is missing. It is not about the fact that he has an independent streak of not communicating to anyone his intentions about where he is going, it is that he might not be reported missing until being late for work triggers a report to the police who won’t react for a 24 hour period. The question is would not turning up to work on one day create a question to the police or might it take 2 or 3. As he had been trapped for 3+ days before he was due to be at work – I am not sure this would have been in time to help. The location too was a major issue as he was truly off the beaten track and not likely to meet any others in that location.
This film would be fantastic for any teen old enough to handle the emotional trauma that goes with the hard lesson that underpins the film. Most of us struggle to teach our problem teenagers with their teenage brain about how to behave in a safe and responsible way. In my experience a lot of parents use the “do what you are told” method of teaching risk – “stop ! do not do that its dangerous” . While believing this is behaviour modification it tends to backfire. Certainly when I was a teen it forced me into a need to prove a parent wrong. Although I was not considered to have teenage problems I was a handful. I aim to handle this differently through my parenting development but that will be another post.
–Truly recommended and my 15 year old will get it this week.
OK so I want to know how long is it going to take me to charge my electric car. If the range is not viable for the longer journeys I do, how does the idea become a reality. When will the electric car trial become an electric car reality.
I had looked recently at some electric car thoughts, but the main issue is not the normal thoughts but how am I going to charge it when away from home? Recently I read a post about choosing a luxury electric car the suggestion a 45 mile tank would do for the every day journeys. Provoking the thoughts that it may be more about the ability to recharge rather than the range as discussed in vauxhall ampera advert.
It is all about the wifi for me. Take these franchises, the likes of starbucks and McDonalds. What should they be doing?
IMHO I believe they should be branching into the charging stations, they have food, seats, shelter and WiFi. This might actually be considered on of the benefits of the electric cars, actually having to stop driving at regular intervals and get some refreshments while checking in on your email or facebook.
So get some fast chrging hook ups for a £1 slot and some slower charging ones that charge more for the increased time but include a Frappachino or a happy meal. OK so I am being flipant but the concept stands.
Technological determination and Social shaping, we want the cars, we want them now, we don’t have the infrastructure in place for these things to go hand in hand. Step in the mega corporations. I would love to do this as a business but in truth the partnerships that are needed are the companies who already have a retailer on every service station and retail park in the county.
Get on it big boys……………
One of the common things I hear is that children do not come with a manual so what do we really have for help with parenting? I did a post grad qualification once that should me I can achieve research based child psychology parenting, however normal people do not do these and I would argue, elsewhere on this blog, its validity to help anyway. So what do we have as parent resources to aid parenting education? Something that does not involve hundreds of hours of university education?
With a great summation of reasons for conflict, the impact of parenting styles authoritative, permissive and democratic. Practical advice and focusing on finding and healing the root of the problem this book has a great grounding and has loads of bonus add ons as part of the package. Much impressed……………..