As years pass in our lives, our capacity to handle change may change. The older we get, the more we may find it challenging to absorb the shocks that life can bring. And we may become more creative in how we hold on to the past rather than focus on taking steps to adapt.
In the fabulous film “Nomadland” — the centerpiece selection of this year’s virtual New York Film Festival — a loving woman named Fern has a lot of pain to absorb later in life. At a time when others may look forward to relaxing, this lady struggles to make ends meet after her husband dies, the company he worked for goes out of business and she is forced to abandon the home she loves when her town closes up. Times are tough. Life can be rocky. Financially, Fern relies on what she earns from temporary jobs as she makes her van her home in RV parks. But she never loses faith that her conditions will improve nor does she blame anyone else for her challenges. She refuses to consider herself a victim. Fern is too proud, and resilient, to consider any glass half empty.