“But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings”
Now I don’t know how you feel about rom-coms (romantic comedies), but most people like to pretend they’re just a little too high brow for such predictable mush.
But I think the truth is, we all love rom-coms, at least to some degree. And in my opinion some of the best rom-coms came from the heart of the late, great Nora Ephron.
Sleepless in Seattle. When Harry Met Sally. You’ve Got Mail.
All of these in my mind are timeless classics, but it’s You’ve Got Mail that’s had me thinking the most lately.
Being that I am currently living in South Korea, thousands of miles from my friends and family, e-mail has made a surprising resurgence into my virtual life as of late.
Though I can’t pretend that I am heartbroken that AOL is no longer “cool”, I can say with true nostalgia that watching You’ve Got Mail makes me miss the sounds of AOL: the dial-up tones, the AIM pings, and of course the ubiquitous ”you’ve got mail” itself.
But more than the sounds of yesteryear You’ve Got Mail pulls at my heartstrings because it gets to a fundamental truth about life. Life isn’t really one huge novel, it’s more like a thousand little emails that tell a lot of different stories… or as Nora Ephron so eloquently put it, life is “all this nothing” that ends up meaning more than “so many somethings”.
The emails that brighten my day are not e-mails from God revealing my entire future, or a notice from the state of California that I’ve won the Mega Millions Lotto. To be honest, like life, a lot of what I get in my inbox is often junk mail. But then again, hidden in all that junk are the one or two emails from someone who just wanted to say that they miss me, they wish I was here, or they are thinking of me.
And that my friends is “all the nothing” that makes all the difference.