83. My Octopus Teachr

An amazing cinema Netflix documentary about a man who is searching for something in life and picks up his childhood activity of free diving. 

During this new journey he befriends a wild Octopus (for most of this octopus’ life) and records the entire journey everyday for almost a year.

Capturing footage of touching this beautiful creature, playing, eating, hunting, hunted, injury, birth of youngs and death.

(he even captured the octopus walking with two legs within the ocean, and went out of water onto the mainland to avoid a predator) 

Undoubtedly, lessons are to be learned.

  1. Follow the rhythm in life vs searching for happiness – instead of fighting life, this man went with life and experienced something most will never get to. 
  2. Things take time – he didn’t just become happy go lucky best friends with this creature. Instead he persisted – going to the same spot everyday and nurtured the relationships day in and day out until it began to flourish. 
  3. Being vulnerable is a beautiful thing – he would free dive with just a mask on for up to 6 minutes at a time – no wet suit or anything in the cold kelp forest being exposed to the elements, threats, and anything else. This enhanced his experience by being as close to their world as possible – what if we could do that with our lives? 
  4. Awe is around us, we just have to notice it – the piece of dirt, the trees, the grass, dust – we can find beauty in anything if we just open our eyes. 
  5. Temporariness – female Octopus live for about a year and die after they give birth to their young. This man spent almost the entire life of the octopus with her, incredible. Time passes and things come and go. 
  6. Love takes different forms – the same love for this octopus, or the ocean, or the water – is different then the love of self or the love of a grandmother or wife and all are great to have. 

It’s a quick documentary about 90 minutes long, and well worth it – enjoy!

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