Wonder, perspectives and standing ovations

Wonder is a 2017 movie about Auggie, a child with facial deformities, going to school for the first time in fifth grade. It is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve watched in a while.

The most beautiful thing about the movie is its depiction of perspectives. It shows similar events from the points of view of Auggie, his sister and her best friend. It is a master stroke as you begin to realize that the story isn’t just about Auggie (it just as easily could be) and connect deeply with other characters in the movie. And, it brings to life the idea that every person has their own challenges and viewing them based on their perspective and experiences would likely transform your view about them.

As a result, it is but natural that the overarching theme of the movie is kindness – “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” But, a line that stayed with me is reflection from Auggie at the end – “Maybe the truth is, I’m really not so ordinary. Maybe if we knew what other people were thinking we’d know that no one’s ordinary, and we all deserve a standing ovation at least once in our lives.”

It is poignant and true. Everyone around us has struggles of their own. And, everyone does deserve a standing ovation at least once in our lives.

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