Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my all-time favourite film, ever. It’s puzzling to some, how I keep watching something that went into production over 50 years ago and yet each time coming away with something new. To me, it’s one of those films with so many “layers”, a tale of ambition, love and the promise of adventure. So, here are 5 life lessons I’ve learned from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Even though the lead character Holly Golightly is a bit of a loose cannon, she does have marvellous ideas. Doing things you’ve never done before is one of the best ways to gain life experience and grow as a person, and even conquer some fears. A simple example is that Donna and I almost never spend our time together in the same way, purely because it’s an adventure to try something new.
We don’t belong to each other
This is a tough one to grasp sometimes, and it often feels like when you’re in a relationship, whether it’s romantic, familial or even platonic that you become so close that the other person is virtually part of the furniture. Knowing that it’s possible to exist as separate entities makes one appreciate the other person more, and makes it easier if circumstances result in a temporary or permanent separation.
There’s Such a lot of world to see
Okay, so this isn’t necessarily part of the screenplay, but rather part of the song moon river, composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It won the Academy Award for best original song in 1962, and two Grammy awards in that same year. And later performed by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra. In the film, Audery Hepburn does a cover of the song on her balcony while contemplating life.
“ There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbows end
Waiting round the band
My huckleberry friend, moon river
As they say, travel is the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer.
You can’t run away from your problems
To me, this is basically what the film boils down to; Holly has so many problems that she avoids and absolutely refuses to take responsibility for. In the end they all catch up with her and she’s forced to use her somewhat misguided moral compass to do the right thing and face the music. I’m not really the biggest fan of conflict, whether its internal or with other people so this is especially helpful for me to remember.
You need best friends that will keep even the most ridiculous promise.
Friends that understand you are lovely, but friends that support your convictions even when they don’t fully understand them are the friends that stick around no matter what.