Project Life: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

My husband, Scott, and I were very moved the first time we saw the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I’m not even certain we could clearly articulate what it was that stirred us at first. We watch it often, still, as a source of fun encouragement as we continue to process the breadth of its meaning.

Scott and I are both 48 years old. The characters in the movie are in their 70’s and retired, yet they serve as a model of what could lie ahead. Each of the characters embody many of the strengths and weaknesses that each of us possess, so identification with one or more characters was not difficult. Scott and I have discussed many times how much we want to be more like “so-in-so” (I won’t ruin the plot for those who have not yet seen the movie) and less like “so-in-so” as we age. We both strongly identified with one particular couple that we hope to emulate more and more in the years to come.

Age does not have to define your sense of adventure…
…your sense of learning
…sense of evolving.
Age is not a handicap. In many ways, advanced age serves as a great source of freedom.

I have referred to Marigold as a coming-of-age movie because in so many ways it is not ushering a teen into adulthood but rather an adult into the magical period called retirement.

(watch for future posts about some of the sections of the movie that I particularly identified with, and why.)


Background: Project Life is a scrapbooking method that revolves around page pockets in an effort to minimize and simplify the telling of your stories and the images that relate.


I was so moved by many of the quotations in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel that I wanted to capture them in a Project Life layout. Just as we refer to our scrapbooks to relive and retouch our memories, I wanted to be able to go back and read the words that held such meaning to me as I viewed the movie. Some of the quotes are stand-alone inspirations while others are particularly poignant after seeing the movie. Faces and events within the story bolster the words with significant meaning.

This layout is very personal to me and Scott, yet it has served as an important part of our lives the last few months.

We are living and loving our lives right now.
Fear and anxiety for the future can either paralyze us or it can be a jumping board into a new world.

Initially, you’re overwhelmed. But gradually you realize it’s like a wave. Resist, and you’ll be knocked over. Dive into it, and you’ll swim out the other side.

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One thought on “Project Life: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  1. Even at thirty years old, I loved this movie! I’m considering adding it to my personal library, as I think it’ll be one of those movies I’ll enjoy re-watching year after year.

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