Your mission should you choose to accept it: Go see a movie… by yourself!
I know, I know—no task has ever sounded more appealing and less realistic. But I managed to succeed in this pursuit thanks to a sponsored opportunity with SocialMoms.
I can’t even remember the last time I’d been to a movie theater. I think it was a few weeks after my now three-year-old son was born. My husband and I thought we were serious rebels sneaking off to the cinema while Grandma bottled, burped, and bathed our little monkey. “We’re going to do this ALL the time,” we said enthusiastically...
Fast forward three years and one more kid, and, well, we’re usually too busy, too tired, and too guilt-ridden to even consider a date night at the movies.
I tiptoed out of the house to see a screening of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (cue the Mission: Impossible theme song) and abandoned my helpless hubs with two hysterical kids. “Sorry, honey, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and I’m on a mission!” (Talk about parenting gone rogue—the poor guy spent the whole night dealing with diaper blowouts and temper tantrums.) Nevertheless, it was so fun and totally worth it. Well, for me.
There’s something incredibly indulgent about sitting alone in a theatre. No shame, no small talk—just me, a giant tub of popcorn, a large Diet Coke, chocolate, candy, and Tom Cruise. (Honestly, I forgot how much I enjoy going to the movies.) And it certainly helps when the film is—SO GOOD… So good that I forgot to check in with headquarters (AKA Daddy).
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is fast-paced, exciting, dramatic, mysterious, energetic, and pretty hilarious too. This could also describe my day-to-day life as a parent, but I digress… As an exhausted mom—who couldn’t even manage to put makeup on her face before heading out the door (mission: fail), I was nervous I might fall asleep in my plush Imax seat during the two-hour screening. But I was too pumped and too entertained to even feel tired. So, how did the film keep my attention? Here’s the trailer and a brief synopsis:
With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are determined to create a new-world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet.
Okay, so it doesn’t exactly align with my everyday world, but I’m pretty sure Ethan and I are both super agents. My daily missions might not save the world, but they certainly save my sanity as a parent—and they can be dangerous too… Just try telling my son it’s time to take a bath!
I left the movie theatre feeling exhilarated and empowered—with a few newly acquired tactics, my next mission (should I choose to accept!) would most definitely be a success.
Okay, time to get the kids to bed?… “I accept.”
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is coming to a theatre near you Friday July 31. Get tickets at Fandango.
This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.