Nomadland ★★★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

People are so worried about what they’ll leave behind that they often don’t stop and appreciate the world they’re living in.

Nomadland is about a lot of things, but it’s central theme to me, is moving forward, from pain, from adversity towards wholeness. Making your own destiny, controlling your life, finding your own self fulfilment. 

The people Fern meets along the way are simple reminders of that.

Swankie has 8 months left to live and all she wants to do is go to the place that makes her the happiest and she takes comfort in the fact that the ones that know her, will throw a rock into a fire in remembrance of her. She isn’t looking for some sort of long legacy, she just hopes that the ones who love her will miss her and that’s enough for her, as long as she enjoys her time in this world now.

It’s only fitting that we end Fern’s journey in the place that pains her the most. She’s able to go home, look over her home and walk through the view that made her feel free. 

Make the most out of everyone and everything in this world. Whether it’s for a minute or a second, just appreciate how wonderful our surroundings are.

Do whatever you want to do that makes you feel alive. Be the person you want to be. Worrying about how other perceive you is worthless because you don’t need anyone’s approval to be happy.  

I’ve suffered loss before, everyone has and everyone will.

Appreciate the people around you, the ones you care about and the ones that care about you. Knowing that your days together on this earth are limited is what gives them meaning.

But take comfort knowing that there is no final goodbye.

We’ll all see each other again, maybe not for a while, but it’ll happen, down the road.

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