“You’re a Writer.”

I’m in a particularly 1990s and Lauryn Hill mood this morning, now that the usual morning grumpiness has subsided. Despite the fact that I was only about 4 or 5 years old when Sister Act 2 came out, I have such a distinct memory of it–that, and I watch the Sister Act movies once every other year or so.

One scene I absolutely love from Sister Act 2 is when Sister Mary Clarence (Whoopi Goldberg) stops Rita Watson (Lauryn Hill) and tries to encourage her to come back to music class and join the choir. For those of you who don’t know the story (I can’t believe people like you exist), Rita, gifted with an amazing voice, drops out of her parochial school’s music class and choir per her mother’s demand. It’s up to Sister Mary Clarence to convince her that she’s got to follow her dreams and use her talent. And how does she do it? By recommending Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (American Academy of Poets has the first letter of 10 available online).

Rilke wrote it more eloquently:

“Above all, in the most silent hour of your night, ask yourself this: Must I write? Dig deep into yourself for a true answer. And if it should ring its assent, if you can confidently meet this serious question with a simple, “I must,” then build your life upon it. It has become your necessity.”
~Letters to a Young Poet by R.M. Rilke. The First Letter. [American Academy of Poets]

However, Sister Mary Clarence says it straight: “If you wake up in the morning, and you can’t think of anything but singing first. Then you’re supposed to be a singer, girl.” …Except, in this case, replace “singer” with “writer.”

Any movies inspire you in a similar way to write or pursue another talent?

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