6 Things We Can Learn From The Oscars

Posted March 5, 2014 by Rebecca Niziol in Life After Five

The Academy Awards represent the highlight of award season. The best of the best are honored among their peers as millions of viewers watch on at home. The night is filled with glamour, humor, and a lot of humanity. As a life coach, I often try to look for the lesson or meaning behind things.

This year I found 6 things we can learn from The Oscars, and the talent that attends.

  1. Class is timeless. Looking back at great films like The Wizard of Oz it’s clear that classics never go out of style. The one hit wonders and flashy new artists come and go, but true art and beauty continues to touch the lives of many generations. Bring class into every area of your life by embracing the grace and poise that exists within you. Let your magnificence speak for itself. Keep things simple.
  2. There is great power in vulnerability. Good movies (and stories) depict a struggle that one or more of the characters undergoes, and the transformation because of it. Most of the nominees for best picture features raw and honest beauty that comes from showing someone at their worst, in the midst of the their biggest challenge, or bearing their souls. Let your struggles become a story you can be proud of. Open up, move through any pain, and know that your happy ending comes when you find your strength within. That moment of pain is actually the moment your embrace courage and a strength you didn’t realize you had
  3. The truth heals. Films that pierce deeply into our hearts are those that highlight real issues. Real life circumstances like the battle with AIDS paint a picture on screen more haunting and touching than any fairy tale ever could. We often cover up the parts of ourselves or our lives that we don’t like, hiding behind masks and lies in attempt to not feel pain. Humans love the truth, even if it hurts. Find your truth, and let it set you free. Others will honor you for it, and you’ll be able to enjoy the freedom that comes from living authentically.
  4. We are in this together. Once a year hundreds of A-list celebrities, directors, and their teams merge in one room together for The Oscars, and for one night competition fades away. Sure, there’s one winner, but you can feel the respect and admiration in the room. You too can create this supportive community for yourself by honoring the work of those around you, and humbly accepting praise or recognition. Raise those around you up, and you too will be recognized and uplifted.
  5. Change is in motion. We’ve come a long way from slavery, and men being the ones running the show. We still have a long way to go, but it starts with believing it can happen. Think about the world you want to live in fifty years from now. Imagine how different it could be. What would you wish for? Peace? Freedom? Sustainability? Innovation? Movies give us hope for the future, by reminding us how far we’ve come from our past.
  6. Laughter is valuable. Oscars host, Ellen Degeneres, did a great job keeping the mode light and fun through her typical banter. She even managed to get a dozen actors and actresses together for a group photo (pictured above). Sensible humor can go a long way, and reminds us that often the weight and seriousness we often drop into isn’t always necessary. If you’re looking for a way to put people at ease and bring them together, no better way than laughter.

About the Author

Rebecca Niziol

Rebecca Niziol, ELI-MP, is many things: a life coach, yoga teacher, dancer, event planner, connection catalyst, and your new best friend. Her mission is to empower others to live the authentic life of their dreams. After years of traveling North America and Europe, she is happy to have found a home and community in Chicago.