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Flatlined……..

Updated: Jan 19


We are off to a new year, a fresh start for 2020.  If you are anything like me, you did not make the proverbial “New Year’s Resolution”.  Even if I had wanted to, I was so sick with the flu that instead of going out, I was laid up on my couch. 


As I laid on the couch, with the remote in one hand and NyQuil in the other, I came across the movie Flatliners. Thank God for Amazon Fire Stick! I thought to myself, this seems like a creepy suspense/horror movie and thought, “what the heck! Why not?” 

So, a quick synopsis of the movie (will include spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet): It is a 1990 remake about a group of five medical students who embark on seeking to know what happens in the afterlife. Like really? 


The main character Courtney begins the “crossover”.  When she comes back from the “afterlife’, she appears to have all these “powers”.  Meaning, her senses are heightened. She comes back super, super smart! Courtney’s genius spurt entices her other class mates, Sophia, Jamie and Marlo to give it a try. 


All is well, until some creepy crap start happening.  In Courtney’s case, her sister died in car crash because she was texting and driving.  Her sister’s ghost starts to haunt her.  Sophia was mean to a girl in high school and the girl starts to haunt her as well.  Jamie (handsome by the way) forced a woman to have an abortion.  The baby and mother start to haunt him.  There is a scene with him on the boat being haunted by them… I was like “hell no” ……in a Madea voice!


So, the plot went on to reveal a series of hauntings...at this time I placed the T.V on mute.  

Whatever, I am a punk! 

 Courtney, the main character died, or should I say killed herself!  The others all have near death experiences.  Which leads the handsome guy Jamie, to say “Somehow we’ve brought our sins back physically, and they are pissed”. 


And as quirky as that movie line was, it got me to thinking on how sometimes in our own lives we haunt our own selves.  Bringing back things from the past; “stuff” that we ought to throw in the “sea of forgetfulness”. 


Okay, so let me get back to the show, in the end, Jamie went on a mission to right his wrong.  He went looking for the woman that he made abort the child.  In a plot twist, he finds out the woman is not dead.  He is actually a father of a five-year-old son.  And just like that the “haunting” STOPS. 


Sophia apologizes to the girl from her high school and she was no longer haunted by the so-called spirit.  In the end all of these “paranormal” activities were a working of their own guilty conscience.  

So, let us relate this to real life...as we start a new decade in 2020; how can we clean out the closets of our minds?  Forgive ourselves of the past wrongs we made and make peace with ourselves?  


Here are a few I have tried: 

1) Reach out to those people or situations that you need to get closure on.  If these persons or situations are unreachable, write yourself a letter and apologize to them. 

2)Write down daily self-affirmations … You can try post it notes.  

3)Talk to a professional…yes … not your girlfriend or your barber. Seek a therapist, a counselor or someone who is not in your circle and is trained. 

4)Pray …mediate ...just release the damn thing.

5) FORGIVE YOURSELF. That is the main idea!


It is my hope that as we start to unpack the emotional baggage that holds us back, that we refuse to be “flatlined” by our fears and live the best 2020 we possibly can! 


What have you tried…do you want to?


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Edited by S. Thompson



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