One Infinite Life
July 22, 2015

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an incredible movie about making the most out of life. It reminds us of what life really is about: Living. Possibilities. Connection. Adventure. Courage. This movie can teach us a lot about life

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of my all-time favourite movies. Ever.

It’s a really incredible movie about making the most out of life.

It has an inspiring storyline, beautiful cinematography and an incredible soundtrack.

I watch this movie whenever I want to feel inspired, and it always reminds me what life is really about…


Living. Possibilities. Connection. Adventure. Courage.


The story is about Walter Mitty, who spends more time living in his head, than in reality. When he is forced to take action he ends up embarking on an adventure, which ends up being more amazing than anything he could of possibly imagined.

It’s an inspiring movie that is both heartfelt and funny (“I was saying you know who looks good in a beard? Dumbledore. Not you.”)

For me it really ticks all the boxes that make for a great movie, plus I love that it can teach us a lot about life as well.




8 Lessons We Can Takeaway From

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


1. Life is for living, not dreaming.

Walter is notorious for living in his head. When he zones out he is brave, courageous, noteworthy, and lives a life of thrill-seeking adventure, but in reality his life is not noteworthy at all.

There is nothing wrong with dreaming, but I think it becomes a bit of an issue if you’re living an incredible life in your head and not fully living life in reality.

I love that Walter starts living the life he’s always dreamt of, which ends up being even more extraordinary than his imagination.

This movie reminds me to not get stuck dreaming and not taking action, to dream as well as act. It also reminds me to live fully and experience life.


2. To get outside your comfort zone

Walter’s life starts to transform when he starts getting outside his comfort zone.

His courageous and adventurous daydreams, actually become his reality. Getting outside his comfort zone helps him to experience life fully and also, to find himself.

This movie reminds me that in order to experience life fully, I can’t always stay inside my comfort zone, which leads me to…


3. Be courageous 

In order to get outside your comfort zone and to live the life of your dreams you need to be courageous.

It takes courage to take chances, try new things, to leap into unknown territory, and face your fears.

This movie reminds me to be courageous in my own life and to go into the unknown.



4. Explore the world around you.

Walter travels to Greenland, Iceland, and the Himalayas and every time I watch this movie it just makes me want to jump on a plane, travel and see the world (Iceland, anyone?)

But you really don’t have to travel to a different country to explore the world around you. You can start with what is already there.

This movie reminds me to open my eyes to the world around me. To explore more, to go on adventures and to really see the world around me.



5. Be present.



This exchange between Walter and Sean takes place when Sean is attempting to get a photograph of the elusive snow leopard in the Himalayas.

I particularly love this moment because I believe we can easily get so caught up in capturing a moment that we end up experiencing it through our camera (or iPhone) and don’t actually fully experience the actual moment itself.

Now don’t get me wrong  I love capturing moments — but this movie always reminds me to not get too caught up in capturing the moment and that I can just experience the moment as it is, if I want to.

It also reminds me to live in the moment more, to be present to experience things fully.


6. You already have everything you’re seeking.

If you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

This movie reminds me to look inside to find the answers, rather than seeking them out externally.

It also reminds me that I already have everything I need.


7. It’s not too late to start being the person you want to be.

Throughout the movie Walter starts being more courageous and starts going into the unknown. By doing this he ends up finding himself, and living the life he’s always imagined.

His transformation throughout the movie reminds me that I can be who I want to be and I can choose how to live my life.

It also reminds me that travel helps you find yourself.


8. To live.

This one really needs no explanation.

Whenever I finish watching this movie I just feel so inspired to LIVE life.


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an incredible movie about making the most out of life. It reminds us of what life really is about: Living. Possibilities. Connection. Adventure. Courage. This movie can teach us a lot about life


I mentioned at the beginning of this post that the movie has an incredible soundtrack, with really beautiful music, if you’re interested you can check it out here.

Now I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Have you seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? What did you takeaway from it?

Love & Gratitude,

One Infinite Life

PS. You might also like 5 Life-Changing Lessons From Wild by Cheryl Strayed.



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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an incredible movie about making the most out of life. It reminds us of what life really is about: Living. Possibilities. Connection. Adventure. Courage. This movie can teach us a lot about life

  • Erin Williams

    I love your takeaways from Walter Mitty. It’s one of my favourite movies too, and it always inspires me to appreciate the moment more. But it also always makes me want to pack my bags and jump on a plane too! xx

    • I am so glad you liked them Erin. I totally knew that you would love this movie! Totally agree it always makes me enjoy the present moment. It’s such a good movie to inspire travelling and seeing the world. I hope you enjoyed your recent trip I have been loving hearing about it 🙂

  • ohhhh I need to watch this movie. Then I will come back. Thanks for sharing xx

    • Renee, I highly recommend watching it. Everyone I have ever spoken to about this movie enjoyed it and got something out of it. I would LOVE to hear what you think of it after you’ve seen it 🙂

  • This is sooo crazy! I follow Savouring Simplicity and read your interview there this morning and checked out your site and social media – totally fell in love. To make it even more perfect? One of my favorite movies is Secret Life of Walter Mitty and I hadn’t seen it in a couple months and watched it again last night!! I loved this post. Can’t wait to continue reading your amazing posts! Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world!

    Enjoy the day!
    Taylor Layne

    • Hi Taylor,

      Thank you for your beautiful comment. So awesome to hear that you came over from Savouring Simplicity!

      That is SO awesome that Walter Mitty is one of your favourite movies and you just watched it recently, total synchronicity!

      I am so glad you enjoyed this post. Thank you for taking the time to comment Taylor. I am so thrilled to have you here 🙂

  • Fran Dargaville

    Absolutely loved this movie. And I didn’t know there were so many outer Walter Mitty fans out there haha. It really kickstarts my strong desire for travel and adventure!

    • I love hearing that Fran because I also didn’t know that so many other people loved this movie as much as I did, so that’s awesome. And I totally agree, the movie always makes me want to travel and go on adventures!

      PS. The walnut, cranberry and coconut slice on your site looks delicious! I definitely need to make it…

      • Fran Dargaville

        Thank you!! You should definitely try it 🙂 So easy and delicious!

  • I love this movie so much! Way more than I thought I would whenever it came out! Now that I’ve read this today I might just have to watch this movie tonight.. Even watching the trailer pumps me up, the soundtrack IS so good! The LIFE motto is one of my favorite things.

    • I love everything about this comment Cat. I’m always so glad to come across someone else who loves this movie as well, it is amazing! And I think I’m definitely due to watch it again too 🙂

  • I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. The cinematography and soundtrack really stole my heart (not to mention my eyes and ears), and the storyline and all the places he’s been to were all great. I wish it could really be that simple, to step out into the unknown and start living life in reality. I feel like I’m a Walter Mitty before he ventured out to the world (except that I don’t really zone out, just daydream) and I do realize all the lessons you pointed out above (except #6) whenever I watch the film, but aaarrgghhh I just couldn’t get myself to do it. Sorry for the rant, but I’m not losing hope. I know someday, I’ll just take the leap! Thank you for reminding us how to really live! 🙂

  • whitebear

    I love your thoughts about this movie. In fact, this is one of my favorite movie. I am so inspired after watching it every time.

  • Julian Maciel

    It is my favorite movie ever! I already arrive from iceland becaus this movie. #projectmitty

    Thanks Walter!!!