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Movies are my escape

There’s nothing I love more than walking into a movie theater. Immediately, you’re immersed in a world that smells like overpriced

popcorn. The walls are lined with posters featuring familiar faces and names that greet me like an old friend. The ICEE machine is callingmyname,knowingIwillpay any price to freeze my brain while kicking back in front of the silver screen. Time stops and reality is left at the door.

It doesn’t matter what I decide to see. Whether I’m racing to the opening weekend of a Marvel movie or giving an indie film a chance, the feeling is always the same. Nothing makes me happier than getting to spend a few hours traveling to a galaxy far, far away without ever having to leave my seat.

Movies are the least judgmental form of therapy because you no longer have to be yourself once you pass through those double doors. Movies will take you on any journey you choose and they’ll help to cast aside your worries if you let them.

You’ll find yourself battling Thanos or joining the crew of the

Enterprise on the days you can’t keep your head above water. You can dance along with Donna Sheridan or cast spells beside Newt Scamander during the times life seems to hit the hardest.

My adoration for going to the movies is the reason why the growing number of people who think the experience of going to the movies isn’t worth it anymore devastates me.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for watching a movie or binge watching a series on Netflix from the comfort of your own home. But, the movie theater is one of the few designated places the real world isn’t allowed to touch.

There’s no reason to bring your worries and drama past the ticket booth. Your stress doesn’t have to join you as you recline your chair and open your snuck-in snacks before the movie begins (which you should do because it’s proper movie etiquette).

My love for this experience runs so deep that I even enjoy seeing a film by myself and will rarely turn down an invitation to the movies. I’m always wide-eyed and slack- jawed no matter what I’m watching. I’ll gasp at every revelation and cry with the characters in each heart- wrenching scene. I cannot help but fully dive into the world on the big screen.

Next time you’re feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, I recommend making a trip to see my favorite therapist: their name is the big screen.

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