Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tip#1045: Just Have Fun, Part 7 - The Fate of the Furious - The Great Wall

Learning to heal myself and maintain my mental health and wellness doesn’t feel like a chore when it feels fun. I recently restarted taking yoga classes and the location, with wall-to-wall windows and view of the Toronto skyline, makes exercising a joy!

And when it comes to increasing my hydration I’ve learned how to make that more fun too. As I wrote in tip#982 adults are recommended to drink 2 litres of water which for me had been a challenge. That is a lot of water and many trips to the washroom! But in my research I discovered that electrolytes were equally important so I learned to make homemade electrolyte drinks. The recipe is so simple and delicious that it makes hydrating myself daily much more enjoyable.

 Homemade Electrolyte Drink:
• 10 oz. spring water
• 1/4 Himalayan pink salt (has 84 trace minerals)
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon organic/pure maple syrup

And when it comes to films, sometimes you just want to escape and enjoy the ride with good ol fashion popcorn movies! Here are two I recommend.

The Fate of the Furious (2017)

The action film, The Fate of the Furious (Fast 8), is the eighth installment in this cinematic series of sexy, fast cars and returning cast members like Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson. If you enjoy this franchise then the plot doesn’t really matter because you know you’ll be immersed in the heroic and funny characters, exotic locations and exhilarating, superhero-like action sequences. See: movie trailer


What makes each chapter of this series extra fun is seeing who joins in these action adventures. In Fast 8 it is Charlize Theron as the villain. And seeing Johnson and Statham’s characters verbally spar was hilarious! Overall I always enjoy the ongoing theme of family and team spirit that is at the heart of this series.

The Great Wall (2016)

The action fantasy film, The Great Wall, is about a European mercenary, William Garin (Matt Damon), encountering the Great Wall of China during the Song Dynasty. This movie is filled with epic scenery, dazzling costumes and inventive battle sequences with a massive horde of vicious monsters. The diverse cast also feature great characters and performances by Jing Tian as Commander Lin Mae, Pedro Pascal as Pero Tovar, Willem Dafoe as Sir Ballard and Andy Lau as Wang, Strategist and War Counselor. See: movie trailer

This film unfortunately suffered negative press around the alleged “white washing” casting of Damon in a lead role of an Asian story. However when you see this film you will see that this is not the case at all. I believe it was the way the movie was marketed that made it appear like “white washing”. I highly recommend you give this fantastic film a chance, Damon is a great action star here and demonstrates excellent leadership and teamwork skills!

Any task can feel like a chore when there isn’t some aspect of joy involved. Be open to finding that sense of fun in your tasks and the experience may surprise you. And when it comes to movies let your positive emotional energy flow with a film that takes you away for an hour or two. Treat yourself to a fun cinematic ride today!

Related Tips:
Tip#553: Just Have Fun, Part 1 - Rock of Ages 
Tip#591: Just Have Fun, Part 2 – Iron Sky 
Tip#666: Just Have Fun, Part 3 - This is the End 
Tip#736: Just Have Fun, Part 4 – Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars - Frozen
Tip#737: Just Have Fun, Part 5 – Lupita Nyong’o’s Brother Peter – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Tip#854: Just Have Fun, Part 6 – Mad Max: Fury Road
Tip#1045: Just Have Fun, Part 7 - The Fate of the Furious - The Great Wall 
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