As I look back at the job I had most of my life...it was very much like being thrown off a roof everyday. Only for me it was 32 years...instead of 30. So...I understand Ralph's desire to be invited to the party...to be accepted by his co-workers...to have a piece of pie or cake for a change. I understand his desire to prove that he could be a good guy if given the chance.
Twas a feller named Henry David Thoreau as I recall who said, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation."
So...Ralph went off into whole other worlds to win a Gold Medal like the one Fix It Felix got nearly every game.
We all have a desire to escape the commonplace. That's why we walk through those tunnels and gates at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. To find an elusive thing called happiness.
There is something to be said for the routine...I suppose. Especially if it keeps the lights on and keeps food in the refrigerator...but...deep down inside...a good many of us sometimes feel trapped by the ordinary. We feel the need to explore...to search for a better, happier, more meaningful existence than...well, just existing.
So...like Ralph...we yearn to be recognized...to be understood...to be loved...to be accepted by others.
Now...there are many lessons to be learned from Wreck It Ralph. Perhaps the most profound lesson of all however is the lessons he learned when he began to help Vanellope achieve her goals...her dreams. It seems one of the best ways to find happiness yourself is by helping other people achieve the things that make them happy.
It was a special moment when Vanellope ran back into the cave to get Ralph the homemade, heart shaped "medal" she had made for him... remember?
Yep...I reckon there were many lessons to be learned from this wonderful movie. Life lessons. Lessons about the value of friendship...encouragement...caring about others...and, are you ready for this? This grizzled ol' cowhand is just gonna come right out and say it...love.
Vanellope Von Schweetz proved to be a mighty wonderful friend to have, and, in the end Ralph knew he didn't need a medal to be a good guy. "Because if that little kid likes me, how bad can I be?"
Wreck It Ralph is a movie with heart. And...it's a movie with lessons we all need to learn.
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol' Dan