Black Pearls of Wisdom, Savvy

Last night my son and I took an extremely spur of the moment trip to the cinema to see Pirates of the Caribbean – Salazaar’s Revenge. Or Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales depending on where in the world you are. Don’t worry, no spoilers! Just go and see it. When the whole audience repeatedly bursts out laughing,  there’s something good in there, savvy?

But there is this one scene I will talk about. Jack Sparrow and the heroine, Carina Smythe, are escaping from British soldiers, and she cries out, ‘I’m not looking for trouble!’ To which he quips, as only Jack Sparrow could, ‘Ugh. What a horrible way to live.’


I laughed very loudly then. A completely spontaneous, deep from the diaphragm laugh.

Because it rang so true to me.

I don’t mean go-out-and-pick-fights-in-biker-bars trouble. That’s just stupid.

But no one who ever chased a dream, followed a star or pursued something with a burning passion just kept their head down and didn’t go looking for trouble. No one who ever let their life colour outside the lines didn’t go looking for trouble.

Sometimes I think we all need to be reminded of that.

Chase your dreams.

Colour outside the lines.

Pursue your passions.

Don’t just settle for whatever you’re given, look for what you truly want.


Author: Eva O'Reilly

Writer, avid reader, large dog lover, cake baker and Francophile. Living in hope of finding either a literary agent or a large audience on Amazon.

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