Life is Better With Company.

“Sometimes life is better with a co-pilot.” Ryan Bingham, ‘Up in the Air.’

Sometimes brevity is a beautiful thing. That line, from ‘Up in the Air’ is one that stuck with me, though, there were a number of great lines. It’s truly a great movie and not a “chick flick” at all. Truth be told, I have sort of a bromance going on with Mr. Clooney, as I’m sure every other lady does.

What I’m getting at is the process that one sometimes goes through that takes one from the point of being happy in a routine and set in their ways and being completely content without “the anchor” of a relationship to the point of feeling at home, in new surroundings, hand in hand with someone new.

Though, I can’t really say I relate squarely to the character of Ryan Bingham, there are a few things that seem to be in concert between us. For instance, I live pretty quaintly, electronic toys aside; but I live in a small space with a roommate. Perhaps I could live elsewhere and have something of my own, but I don’t. I’m fine where I’m at; it’s the right size for ME. For a long time I have been fine dating around, making connections, some lasting longer than others. It was fine, it was the right kind of relationship for ME. When my last relationship fell apart, I thought that, perhaps, I ought to set aside this notion of a committed relationship; I mean, all they did was wrench peoples’ hearts anyway. Right?

Then, a funny thing happened on the way to the contraception aisle. I realized that the times when I was happiest were those times spent in the company of others, family and friends; lovers. So when Ryan Bingham sits down to talk to his soon-to-be brother-in-law and utters that magical, beautiful, phrase it really did hit me and I was awash in clarity; yeah, the sky IS blue and perhaps there’s more that I want in life and it should be shared.

Perhaps I’ve come full circle, people?

Until next time, I’ve got a hot steamy date with my girl and a bag of Raw Kale (Thanks Zoe).

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Alex is the founder and managing editor at the Urban Dater. Alex also runs: DigiSavvy, for which he is the co-founder and Principal. Alex has a lot on his mind. Will he ever get it right? If he does, he'll be sure to write.

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  1. Aww, Alex, you warmed the cockles of my heart with that last shout-out. 🙂

    But seriously, GREAT post on "Up in the Air," a movie I've seen three times (and own!) and have also considered posting on. Well said, indeed. We are happiest when we have people around us who love us, and two of my favorite older-men-coming-of-age movies ("Up in the Air" and "About a Boy") discuss this point very eloquently. So, here's to the happiness of being with people who love us!

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