I’ve gone to see the newest Tina Fey film. I learned a few life lessons that night. 

Yes. I’m talking about Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. It’s a deceptively funny film about a jaded news reporter who seeks to reinvigorate her life by choosing to report on the war in Afghanistan. The movie details the psychosocial journey that takes after the reporter’s transition from the U.S.

She leaves behind a boyfriend, a desk, and a loft—all of which are not enough. In the midst of the humor, we find heart, soul, and reality.

Here are some of the pearls of wisdom I gleaned from viewing Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

1. People can grow so content to  unhealthiness that they often believe unhealthiness is not harmful. The signs may be obvious. Often, we get blindsided because we cannot see past what we want.

2. Move forward. Do not waste time lamenting and reprocessing the same demons. If you need to cry, cry. If you need to therapy, get it. But don’t waste time worrying about people and things that you cannot change.  Most of us change over time and experience. Those who refuse to change and grow may not see that change is needed.

3. The next thing isn’t always the best thing. A new opportunity can appear deceptively attractive.
However, new is not subliminal messaging for “the answer”. People often realize that what looks good isn’t always good for you.

4. There are times when you need another person to show how cheap a choice is that you’ve made, and how that choice robbed you of self-respect.

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