The Movie “Dope”



Something about coming of age stories that I can never get enough of. A day in the life of a young person learning a few valuable lessons never seems to get old. We can all relate to not fitting in. Having aspirations. Enduring obstacles. Experiencing new things. And making decisions that will alter our lives forever.

Add smart humor, political undertones, highlighting of societal structures, friendship, and the importance of being yourself and you got—


Be yourself.

You are the only you. And let’s be honest no one fits in. The people who you think fit in deal with feeling like they don’t fit in. Always trying to stay in and be good enough. Be yourself. Be a leader. Be free. That’s living.


Not only does walking in integrity shape the way others view you. It shapes the way you feel about yourself. To know that you are being true to yourself and what you really believe in is to walk in wholeness. To be confident and sure of self and to know whatever comes your way is just divine. You’ve done what’s right and good will find its way back to you.

Know what you want and don’t stop until you get it.

Figure out what you want out of life. Once you do stop at nothing to complete it.

The value of real healthy relationships.

Fake friends. Cool people you meet along the way. Seasonal relationships. There’s good times and lessons in it all. But real friendships. Real people who love you for you— now that makes life worthwhile. The people who will be there for you without a doubt until the end and you are the same backbone for them. Healthy life-long relationships are essential. We need each other. We weren’t created to live our lives completely alone. Value those who love you most. You need them and they need you.

It has been a long time since I’ve seen a movie that spoke to me. Reminding me of my values, goals, important relationships, adventures, and loving self all in such a clever light-hearted way.

Funny how we so easily forget the simple things that make life awesome.


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