Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

I just finished watching this movie. If you haven't seen it or heard about it, it's about Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor-in-chief of French Elle Magazine, who at 43 had a stroke. He became almost completely paralyzed and had locked-in syndrome where he could only communicate by blinking his left eye. He used that to write his memoir (which I intend to read). So yes the story is true and even though the movie may seem slow to some, I found it beautiful and inspirational. It took him a little over a year to write the memoir. He was a self-confessed playboy who realized he didn't spend his time doing what mattered, such as loving his kids. Wow, if he can write a poignant memoir by blinking one eye, what am I waiting for to achieve my goals? Every day is a gift and this movie continues to keep that at the top of my mind. To get more info on the movie click here.


Anonymous said...

I read this book years ago. I wasn't sure if I wanted to see the movie, but I am glad to hear it was good.

mary said...

Wow. This sounds pretty amazing and inspiring.

Writing his life's memoirs just by blinking his eye? I cannot even conceive of how this could be possible. This sounds like a must-see!