From Tracie: Too Much Stuff for the Labyrinth

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Too Much Stuff for the Labyrinth

Last night we watched the movie, Labyrinth.

Who doesn't spend their Saturday nights watching a movie starring David Bowie and directed by Jim Henson?

What? You don't do that?

That is a loss.

Anyway. The movie.

Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is a teenager who gives her baby brother to the Goblin King (David Bowie). She has thirteen hours to make it to the middle of the labyrinth, to his castle, or he will turn her little brother into a goblin and keep him forever.

At one point in the movie, she eats a magic peach that makes her forget what she is doing, and a junk lady leads her to a replica of her bedroom. The junk lady is picking up things (stuffed animals, figurines, books, etc) and handing them to her, until she is sitting under a pile of her stuff. Sarah starts to remember where she is, and why. The junk lady hands her more things and tells her to stay in her room, because her stuff is important.

The big pile of stuff is distracting her from remembering why she is in the labyrinth.

It made me think of all the stuff in my life. Is it holding me back?
Is it distracting me from life?
Are there times I would be free to go out and do something different, or do something more - but I'm held back by my stuff?

I'm not sure I'm very happy with the answer that my heart gave me.

This is my Sunday five minute stream of consciousness. 
More five minute posts can be found at All Things Fadra.

Have you ever seen this movie?
Do you think there has been a time when your stuff might have held you back? 


  1. I never did that, until I had no idea what I was doing and I had become a brainless robot. I wasn't living. Others controlled my life. My boss, my mother, my wife, my child: my stuff.

    I have learned that it is very important to every once in a while step back and look at the track that your life is on.

    I don't wanna look back at my life in 40 years and think I should've done a lot different.


    - Prozacblogger

  2. Seen it? Um... OWN it! =D

    And about the stuff, YES! I've mastered the art of letting go of the physical stuff... the emotional stuff... let's just say I'm still working on that! I'm better at it than I used to be, though! =)

  3. Love that movie! I can recite it word for word.
    I definately think that I live amongst too much stuff. Working on trying to trim that down, but it is so hard to do! Especially when your SO likes to hang onto things...

  4. Never seen that movie, but it looks like it has been added to my to watch list! Don't regret what yo haven't done; look forward and see if there is anything you can do and go with it! happy Sunday!

  5. LOVE Labyrinth! I have such fond memories of watching it with my grandmother who thought David Bowie was hot!

    Do I have too much stuff in my life that it is distracting - YES! I feel the nesting instinct kicking in early this time (not even 20 weeks) and I just want to toss everything!

  6. Makes me wonder what your heart said?

    I am about to start my biggest decluttering/removing excess crap/making my home into a clearer, deeper, more genuine reflection of who I am.

    Nervous and excited all in one.

    Grateful to find you via SOC Sunday today!

  7. Hey - that's a very spiritual take on the movie. Sounds like a good one too!

  8. Hello, Tracie. I was thrilled I came across your blog. I am a homeless college student, living with PTSD. You give me hope.


  9. That movie was always a favorite of mine. As for the stuff? It's very easy to get distracted by the stuff (material and otherwise). I'm not a plaque-y type person but I have a pretty little one by the garage door that says "We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."

    It's a nice daily reminder to me about what's important.

  10. I'm held back by PAYING for stuff.

  11. Wow, Tracie---just WOW.

    I loved that movie and made my mom rent it for me constantly when I was growing up. I think I knew all the words. I'd also read the book and loved it.

    I remember that scene and the creepiness of it---it's all coming back to me now.

    Thoughtful, intriguing post. You've definitely given me some food for thought!


  12. I am still processing that comment about Audra's 'grandmother' ...
    ack, I am OLD!
    Yes, much hotness in all that was David Bowie in that movie ;)

  13. Labyrinth is a classic! I loved it, my kids love it and I'm sure when I have grandchildren many, many, many years from now they will love it too!

    Great parallel between the scene with the junk and life that we clutter just the same. I try to keep it at a minimum. Sometimes I think my time in internet land is just as much a time suck keeping me from "life" as the stuff I own.

  14. Only you could watch what sounds to be movie--and come up with something so profound! I am a big believer of clearing out unnecessary stuff and clutter! :) Of course, moving once every 6 years of marriage might play a big part of that ;)

  15. I've never seen (or heard) of this movie. I do think there are some things in my life blocking me. Now, we just need to get them out of the way.

  16. I loved that movie!

    And how, how I let the junk distract me from what I need to be doing.

  17. Makes us want to watch Labyrinth again and we feel like we've eaten that magic peach over and over again, we're always forgetting what we're doing! Great post!