"The man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the story and then they live on after him. They become him. And then in that way he becomes immortal."
These are the final lines in the movie Big Fish. I know cause I just watched it in awe.
The other night, at Dave Kelly Live, I was asked to take a minute to talk about my Dad. I explained to the crowd that I always thought about my Dad the same way the character in Big Fish thought about his father.
My dad has always been a story teller, he has had a big full life full of adventure and intrigue. I've always wondered how much was true and how much became extended stories after a long life of telling his stories. I think I am a lot like him.
Tonight I decided it was time to watch Big Fish again. Funny thing, this time things switched around and I saw myself as the Dad in the movie. It got me wondering what stories I've told my kids and which ones I've embellished to the point of no return.
I think I digressed on this story though. I was going to say how much I loved how my Dad's stories. I was also going to tell you how much the movie Big Fish has reminded me that it's imperative you lead a full and adventurous life.
Build up your stories and build up your immortal self.