Moving. Disturbing. Beautiful.
Such words describe the film Wit which portrays the remaining living days – including a few flashbacks – of an English professor with stage 4 ovarian cancer, played by Emma Thompson. We watched it in my Pastoral Care class as a means to dialogue about giving pastoral care in times of death, grieving, mourning, and pain.
Sheesh. (Deeeep breath.) I’m overwhelmed by the intensity of what cancer is capable of doing and what treatment for cancer can do to one’s body. I’m overwhelmed by the beauty of the film and the different levels of development within some characters. There are so many details throughout the movie that give so much more life (deliberately) to specific scenes and the situation being depicted. I don’t want to go into details for those of you who have not watched it. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend you do so.
I also think about my best friend, Michelle, when I reflect on the film. She’s in nursing school right now and will be finished by December 2012. The character of the head nurse, Susie, portrays an extremely caring, sensitive, understanding, and nurturing person, characteristics I think are beneficial for nurses to do their jobs well. When I think about my best friend, I automatically feel waves of happiness for her, as I know she is pursuing a vocation that she is passionate about – but it is one I feel she was created to do.
As human beings we are given the freedom to act and live. But we are also given gifts and talents. I think one of the best ways to live is to find a balance between the two. Whether or not you have found that balance, that window of opportunity never shuts. Go on and seek to live well.