When I was 14 years old, I watched Ghostbusters, and my life changed forever.
I decided, right then and there, that I was gonna write movies—specifically, a new Ghostbusters movie. In fact, to learn how to write movies, I proceeded to watch Ghostbusters every night for the next two months. (When I was 14, I had a lot of free time, needless to say.)
Now, obviously, none of that happened. But, my teenage love of movies and filmmaking led directly to me getting a girlfriend, who I ended up marrying, and with whom I now have a wonderful family. It also led to most of my friendships, a desperately needed shot of self-esteem, and the confidence to pursue other goals and dreams. Ghostbusters has given me pretty much everything that’s good in my life.
Which is why visiting the set of the new Ghostbusters film would mean more to me than I could ever possibly put into words.
I won’t talk to anyone. I won’t look at anyone. I won’t even eat anything from craft services. I just want to be there, and stand there, so I can look back at my 14-year-old self and say, you did it. You made it to the set of a new Ghostbusters movie. It isn’t exactly how you pictured it, and it may only be for ten minutes, but you are there. And that’s good enough.
Would it help if I said I had cancer?
PS: I don’t have cancer.