Baby-Groot-Dancing

(Disney/Marvel Studios)

[**Potential spoiler if you haven’t seen the movie]

Among the many reasons movement and music hold such sacred places in all of human culture is that, like pictures, just a few minutes of them are worth thousands of words.

And so it is with this magical clip, my single favorite moment in the film Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that was filled with awesome, inspirational moments.

I know a lot of you out there seeing this right now may be frustrated, lonely, or discouraged. With the crummy things going on in your own life. With the crummy things going on in the world.

Look, the bottom line—and I’ll just say it—is that many aspects of life do suck. Quite terribly. You’ll never, in all my attempts to create inspirational content, ever see or hear me deny that. It is the truth. In fact, one of the greatest, and certainly one of my favorite, mythical heroes, the Buddha, pretty much used that as the starting point of his entire teachings: that life is pretty much constant suffering in one form or another for most people.

Then again there’s this video, which I could easily write 3000 words about but why, when it already says it all in just 40 seconds?

Yes, life is full of struggle and hardship. But if you endure, you may come to see that it is also full of great joy, wonder, mystery, magic and majesty. I know, I know, you realize this sometimes but you also tend to forget it. No worries, that’s what PopMythology’s here for.

So play this clip and dance.

C’mon, muthaf**kas, dance. Life is short and we’re all gonna die soon anyway. This is your moment. So dance.

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The Pop Mythologist is the founder and editor of PopMythology.com. He has been a staff writer for the nationally distributed magazine KoreAm , the online journal of pop culture criticism Pop Matters and has written freelance for various other publications and websites. Connect on Google+

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  1. Mark Kevin Eveleigh on August 15, 2014

    Always awesome to see groot :-)

  2. Andie Leathley on August 15, 2014

    I love your words before. :) Great message.