If you ask me, I think Netflix is one of the most wonderful inventions ever.
It has everything from nature documentaries to crime dramas to sci-fi thrillers – in short, all my favorites!
Since I find great mentoring through movies and television programs, this means a) I am choosy about what I watch, and b) I watch a lot of things to find what I am looking for.
Recently I’ve been absolutely hooked on a series called “Continuum.”
The central character is a young wife and mom named Kiera. Kiera is a “protector” – a cop in the year 2077. She takes her job very seriously (and has a whole suite of cool gadgets, including a metallic gold suit, to help her reel in criminals).
Then one day, in an attempt to prevent the escape of a group of convicted terrorists, Kiera gets zapped back in time to the year 2012.
Suffice it to say she finds this very challenging on multiple levels.
When I looked up the definition of continuum, my favorite one reads like this:
[A] continuous series of elements or items that vary by such tiny differences that they do not seem to differ from each other.
A runner-up favorite:
[A]nything that goes through a gradual transition.
I never used to think I liked time travel movies or television shows, but somehow this one really resonates. Perhaps it is because I see myself in Kiera.
Even in 2077, Kiera somehow seems a lone wolf, slow to trust, vulnerable to those she has allowed in to her inner world, with a warrior spirit she doesn’t always understand.
In the year 2012, watching her attempts to find her place in a city both vaguely familiar and totally alien reminds me of myself.
From the time I was old enough to call myself “me,” I have felt a little separate, apart, alone. I have struggled not to play the “lone wolf,” to accept my place here, to permit myself to bond, to connect, to fit in.
So as I watch Kiera struggle to make a place for herself, forge new connections, find patience with her situation, and work for good because that is how she is wired (no matter how much she misses her family and her home in 2077), something in me resonates.
I realize that all of life – all beings – are on some sort of continuum together.
We share common emotions with nearly all life forms on this planet, as well as many basic needs and goals.
We compete for the same resources, which we need for basically the same reasons.
Even as the landscape (technologically, ecologically, and otherwise) changes from year to year and decade to decade, the stories of those who live in each time period vary little from one to the next.
We seek connection, love, belonging, acceptance, money, power, sex (for its own sake and for reproduction), shelter, food, advancement, recognition, evolution…..
We may have better tools with which to score these things, but the things themselves and the people who seek them change only marginally from one moment to the next (if at all).
This makes me feel more connected to the lives going on all around me – and more hopeful for a shared peace and friendship in the future where there is divisive war and pain in the present – than practically anything else in life.
Today’s Takeaway: What makes you feel connected to the lives being lived all around you? What makes you feel like a lone wolf, alienated or different-from? Do you find mentoring from television shows or movies you especially resonate with? If so, which ones are your favorites and why?