Can you believe Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is thirty years old this year? Yepper, that teenage oracle of wisdom and guidance has reached the milestone of no longer being twenty-something. To celebrate, because how can you not celebrate Ferris, this weekend in Chicago folks will gather at Ferris Fest. If you’re in the area, put on your Ray-Bans, hop into your Ferrari, and go check out the fun and report back to us.
Looking out from the perch here in The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats, I’ve come to appreciate movies that go the distant and have staying power across the years. Truly memorable cinema gives you dialogue that you reference often. But these aren’t just earworms, they’re hidden gems that offer the exact guidance you need, precisely when you need it. Allow me to offer a few of my favorite examples.
Hidden Insight: Fake it til you make it. Act like you know what you’re doing until you figure it out. I’ve bluffed my way into the boardroom more than once.
Hidden Insight: EVERYONE makes mistakes. Sometimes you just have to chalk it up to life experience and move on.
Hidden Insight: Know the difference between what’s urgent and what’s important, and do what’s important first.
Hidden Insight: shed what doesn’t work for you, and sometimes this means shedding people.
Hidden Insight: Sometimes you have to just power through the tough times. Put on your big girl panties, buckle up, and ride it out.
Hidden Insight: Be careful who you step on, piss off, or diss. You may need them to have your back in the future.
Hidden Insight: Know when to ask for help. Life is big and messy and sometimes you need a cruise ship, not a row boat. Know when to ask for the cruise ship.
And last, but certainly not least, our dear boy Ferris:
Hidden Insight: Every now and then you need to change things up a bit. When was the last time you played hooky from work? Or took a day off for absolutely no reason other than it’s a beautiful sunny day? Or ate breakfast for dinner? Give yourself permission to be weird every once in a while.
What are your favorite movie quotes? Is there a particular movie that you go back to time and again for a little pick me up? Please leave some of your fave gems in the comments.