I came home the other night and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was on television. Look, if that movie is on, I’m going to have to watch it, no matter what point it’s at in the story.
Ferris was a hero to all school children from ages six to nineteen. We all dreamed of getting away with all the stuff he did. And the way the movie plays out makes the day seem to last forever. Instead of time flying when having fun, Ferris Bueller’s day off seems to keep going and going, as if he has all the time in the world.
He was the modern day Huck Finn, a boy who just wanted to have some fun, slow down, and take a look around. Maybe we should all do that a little more.
There are some other reasons why I still love that movie, though.
Rooney– It’s strange, now that I work in a school. I can see the other side of things but still remember what it was like to be a high school kid. Though, every year that memory seems to fade just a little more. Still, how can you not hate Mr. Rooney? No matter what point in life you may be, you probably have someone like Rooney trying to bring you down. It might be a boss, a negative person, or a really annoying friend. Heck, it might even be a real principal if you work in a school.
In life, it’s great to have a bad guy to cheer against. In baseball the Yankees and Red Sox have each other, in football there are plenty of great rivalries, same with soccer in Europe and the pacific northwest United States. Rooney embodies everything about that bad guy who just wants bring you down. Ferris never let him. Neither should you.
Innovation– Ferris was an innovator. He was one of the original computer hackers, changing his attendance remotely after obtaining the school password. Ferris could also think fast, like when he called the fancy restaurant and claimed to be “the sausage king of Chicago.” Thinking on your feet is still an important life skill. And let’s not forget how he busted Sloane out of school. Genius.
Sloane– Boys wanted to be with her and girls wanted to be her. Enough said. Also, her jacket was pretty cool.
Ferris Bueller > Social Media– Could you imagine what Ferris could have done with Twitter or Facebook? He could have ruled the world. He was like a one-man social media hub. Everyone went around with “save Ferris” shirts, buttons, and propaganda. They even showed something on the screen at Wrigley Field about it. He embodied what everyone wanted to be, super popular and loved by all. If Ferris were in school today, he’d have like 500,000,000 million Twitter followers and could probably win the Presidency in a landslide if he ran next term. He had people appeal and he got that way by being a fun, nice person.
Lessons for life– The biggest reason I love Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is what it teaches us about life in general. It shows us that with perseverance, we can accomplish anything. It also teaches us that material possessions are not important. When they trash Cameron’s dad’s car, they realize how unimportant material things are. Experiences are where the real value is in life.
Ferris’ quote about how life moves pretty fast couldn’t be more dead on. It seems like yesterday when that movie came out. High school and college were just a blur for me. The last ten years have been too. Life does move pretty fast. It’s important for us to remember to take the time to enjoy all of the little things while they’re happening. If we try to wait and do all the fun, amazing things in life when we retire, we’re going to miss an entire lifetime of cool stuff.
One of the reasons I spend my free time writing books is because of things I learned from Ferris Bueller. People talk about how they want to write a book but just don’t have the time. I think they mean that they don’t make the time. I try to make sure I slow down and make the time to do the things that are truly important to me, no matter what they are.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t slow down and take look around every once in a while, you might miss it.”
Right on, Ferris.