Each of us has the opportunity to make choices. We choose to leave the house, transportation, destination, what we eat and so forth. Often we are presented with obstacles as a result of our choices. For example, we may have a variety of ways to get from point A to point B - do we want to take the scenic route or something faster. If we had stayed in one lane could we have avoided the car crash that happens in the next? What about those that we encounter. How do our choices effect them? And what about those things we can't control like the weather or health? Often the result of our choices makes no difference. Other times even the smallest decision may change our entire lives.
I think "The Mountain Between Us" gives us some great illustrations of what our choices may cost.
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The movie opens with Alex, a journalist, at an airport in Idaho anxious to get to her fiancé in Colorado as her wedding day is near. Ben, a neurosurgeon, is anxious to return to Baltimore as there is a ten-year-old boy in need of his service.
All flights have been cancelled due to the weather. Alex believes that she can overcome this obstacle by hiring a private charter flight. She gambles on a pilot she's never met. And while the weather is not a challenge for him personally, there is another factor that neither had even thought to consider.
Alex, not knowing anything about Ben in addition to not knowing the pilot, asks Ben if he would like to join her on the charter plane to Colorado. I would think if Ben is unable to get a flight to Baltimore from Idaho due to the weather, it would be likely that Colorado's weather would be similar - but whatever. No one thinks about that.
During the course of the movie, Ben and Alex are faced with more obstacles as they climb the snow covered hills of the Unitah Mountains in search of salvation, I thought about what the choice made had cost them - or changed them - because without the experience that only they shared - they would not have evolved from who they were prior to the movie starting to who they became afterward.
I think the story itself was fictionalized, but I really enjoyed watching the movie and discovering another demonstration of just how much impact our choices may have not just on our lives but those around us. I'm grateful that the unwise choice Jenna and I had made recently about crossing a fenced path didn't have such a dramatic result. Funny thing is if we had started the other direction, I wouldn't have crossed it.
So often when I go to Millsite, it's like I'm seeing it for the first time.