Musings/Life Advice Based on the King of Monsters
I laughed out loud watching Godzilla 2000 last week when one of the scientists said “Godzilla is inside each of us.”
In the spirit: here are some affirmations with a little Godzilla inspo. Some are perhaps more genuine than others…
1. Accidental success is still a success.
Toho didn’t know that Godzilla was going to grow to be so wildly successful, but that didn’t stop them from taking advantage of it!
A lot of luck goes into success, don’t waste it when lightning (or an atomic ray) strikes.
2. It’s never too late for a #rebrand.
I’ve been reading A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series. The number of different creative directions that the Godzilla films have taken over the last half a century is WILD.
If I’m taking anything from that, it’s that if you have a strong concept, it can survive through multiple iterations and failed attempts and still come out stronger.
Godzilla started as a horror film and grew into a superhero and now has reverted to a terrifying monster.
Which brings me to the next one:
3. It’s never too late to return to your roots and become an abject terror.
I had a friend on my TikTok recently say that Godzilla Minus One was the first Godzilla film she’d ever seen. She said it didn’t seem like a typical Godzilla movie she’d heard about but, as I told her, Godzilla Minus One is very akin to the original 1954 Gojira conceptually.
Did you try something new and hate it? Good news. You can GO BACK. (And take what you learned with you…)
4. You deserve to take a nap, so crush anyone who gets in the way.
This one is inspired more by the American version of the monster in the 2021 movie vs. King Kong. Godzilla takes rest seriously and recharges in hollow earth, but when shit gets stirred up Godzilla will cross the ocean to snuff it out so he can get back to vibing.
Prioritize your rest.
5. People will misrepresent you, but you don’t have to be anything but what you are.
In-universe, some people think Godzilla is a savior and some people think Godzilla needs to be eradicated. In reality, some people think Godzilla is doofy, and some people understand that this monster is an objective piece of important cinematic history.
You do you, regardless of what people think.
6. It’s not your fault that you exist, but you can make it everyone else problem.
Godzilla doesn’t sit around feeling sorry for himself. Humanity woke Godzilla up and Godzilla doesn’t take it lightly.
Keep that in mind next time you get pulled into a meeting that could’ve been an email.
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