Monday, December 14, 2009

Everything I know about love, I learned from Jack Nicholson

Ok, so that's not true, but I'm watching As Good As It Gets right now, and I thought it sounded cool, so that's what I wrote. I freaking LOVE this movie. My girl Courtenay can attest to that. I watched it on repeat for about three months straight during my senior year of college. Anyway, the movie is almost over, and it's almost at the infamous "You make me want to be a better man" scene. When I saw the movie for the first time over 10 years ago, I thought that line was totally Velveeta.

However, now, I totally get what Jack Nicholson was saying, and I think it's very important to feel that way about your partner. In past relationships, I played the role of the savior, and always put my energy towards trying to fix and mend someone else. With my current boyfriend though, the only person I'm trying to "fix" is me. He drives me to be the best I can be, which is the main reason why I'm writing my third blog post of the day and researching some business ideas he's been encouraging me to look into, instead of doing what I really want to do, which is absolutely nothing.

I don't know why this is really. I guess when your partner is working hard, doing neat things and thinking outside of the box, it's easy to get inspired. We're a team, and I'd like to think I have the same effect on him, too.

So what do you think: How important is it for your partner to make you want to be a better person? And what's your favorite line in As Good As It Gets?? C'mon, I know you have one!


  1. Oh my god I love this movie soooooo much too! I can't choose a favorite line, i love all of them. It's a fantastic movie!

    And I agree with you, it's an important thing to want to be a better person for the one you love. It shows how much you love that person and want to give the best of yourself to him.

    Great post Ellen ;)

  2. it really is so important. and it's amazing when you find someone that makes you feel like that and you look at all your past relationships like "what was i thinking?!?!" haha.

  3. ahh... love this movie too! i think it's because everyone in my family is really neurotic and this movie makes me feel better about that.

    my favorite line/part is when they get in the car to go to Baltimore & Melvin says he has "the whole trip programmed". it starts with the clip of YMCA, which causes him to bust out laughing & say, "just kidding". ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS & very much like my ocd family.

    i agree with you on this. i think you have to be with someone that will make you want to be a better person. i think that's what relationships are all about-- bringing out the best qualities in someone.

  4. I agree, Aurore, it's important to try to be your best for the person you love...helps to keep things from getting too comfortable, too!

    And totallly, MA, I've said "what was I thinkg?!" once or twice in my day.

    And omg, I totallly feel ya, Rachel! I love my family to death, but we all have a little crazy in us, so it's always refreshing to know we aren't the only ones :)