Lately I’ve been thinking about one of the finest and most amusing movies to come out of the 1980’s. I wish I could give the director John Hughes a big hug for the movies he wrote and directed during that period But the one that always makes me smile the most is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Who else growing up didn’t want to be Ferris Bueller?
He has great friends with cool names like Cameron and Sloane. He gets the girl. He wears a classic beret driving a vintage 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. He knows the city of Chicago inside and out. I’m from St. Louis and would even consider naming my son “Ferris”, one of the finest Chicago names of course. He is pure awesome.
Here is what we all can learn from Ferris.
1. Be spontaneous: High school, like our lives can provide a sense of monotony full with meeting everyone elses expectations. Sure, it is important to go to school, work, and go through your routine. They are all noble things. But from my experience there is nothing better than a good spontaneous adventure. Wherever you live, wake up one day with your family, friend or loved one and just do something totally outside of what feels “normal.” I’m not advocating stealing a Ferrari or skipping school but you get the idea. Odds are there are some amazing things to do where you live so go for it. “Save Ferris.”
2. Avoid the Dean Rooneys: Dean Rooney represents the crazy person in your life who thinks they know everything about anything and feels the need to go out of their way to tell you that you aren’t doing something right. He is the Pharisee judging us and preventing us from living life to its fullest. They may do this in good intention but a pure legalist gives you no room for joy. Oh and also don’t let a French cuisine Matre D’ stop you from having a good time either.
3. Appreciate the finer things: Yes, even a 17-year-old Ferris with his friends visited an art museum and ate at a nice French restaurant. Unfortunately, we are in a media culture full of so many “entertainment” distractions. Slow down your pace and read some classic literature and visit that free museum. Next time you just want to eat a burger and fries, go wild and try some new international cuisine. None of these things have to be expensive either so be creative.
4. Drive a Ferrari with great friends: Ferris would never go on an adventure alone. Many people unfortunately view themselves as an “island” especially men. Not Ferris. He saw life as an adventure to be shared. Plus, think of how you can help the “Camerons” in your life get out of their shell.
5. Join a parade. In Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, he describes how his friend Bob Goff would arrange for flash parades on his street. How cool is that? Why not join one? You can sing Twist & Shout, Danke Schoen, or whatever else floats your boat. Just get out there and be a little crazy.
Bonus: If you can help some kid get out of summer school, he or she will be eternally grateful and you’ll never be without friends.
Last but not least, our friend Charlie Sheen delivers his most #winning performance of his career in the movie. Don’t miss it.
I could go on and on with the lessons I’m learning from Ferris even as an adult but I’ll leave you with his wisdom.
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. -Ferris
What do you love and learn most about Ferris?