Those of you who are younger probably won’t get the reference, so first a little explanation so you can share with me the answer to this question…”What’s Your Rosebud?”
Back in the early 1940s a movie called “Citizen Kane” was made. It was about the dying word of a very rich man who had become a bit of a recluse. The movie was about a reporter who was trying to find out more about the man Kane, by interviewing those who knew him. Originally, he was a poor boy living in a mining town in Colorado and as it turns out a lot of gold is found and that leads to him becoming a very rich man.
At the very end of the film, we find out the significance of “Rosebud”. Basically, it was a sled he had as a boy and represented the only time in Kane’s life that he was truly happy.
For many of us it is hard to understand going through a life of riches and most of the time being unhappy. After all, in this day and age we are driven to success and believing that money CAN buy happiness. At least my generation was taught to believe that.
I’m sure I believed it for a long time.
I don’t anymore.
I’m not sure if it is because of working in the Health Sector and seeing so many people who suffer from depression or if it is merely the result of my own aging process and learning that happiness can be found in so many other ways.
If I were to answer my own question, “what’s your rosebud,” it would be difficult because I don’t know that it would be one thing that represented my happiness. What I do know is that in the 10 plus years since I have moved to Australia, met and married the Fashion Mister and made my way closer to 50, I feel more content and thus somewhat happier every day.
I can describe for you those moments in time that I seem to be most content these days.
It’s usually when the Fashion Mister I are going for a drive on a sunny day. It doesn’t have to be warm because being in the car makes it that much nicer. The Fashion Mister is driving and right next to me. I have my face tilted toward the window and can feel the sun shining on my skin. As I watch the scenery pass by, there are rolling hills, flocks of cockatoo’s and gum trees everywhere.
Honestly, I would ride in the car for days looking out at Australia with the Fashion Mister at my side and the sun on my face.
To me, that is the happiest time of my life.
Are you surprised? Simple aren’t I?
But then like Kane, I come from gold mining country and spent 18 years in Colorado, so maybe it makes sense that I should find my happiness in such a way. Or maybe, I have just learned to be happy in the simple things.
So, I ask you…What’s your rosebud?
- Citizen Kane (1941) (showmetheratings.wordpress.com)
- Citizen Kane (amazingmemoriesinfilm.wordpress.com)