A couple of weeks ago I watched the documentary “Be Here Now”. It tells the story of Andy Whitfield, best known for his lead role in the hit television show, Spartacus, which first aired back in 2010. Andy wowed the public with his performance as Spartacus so naturally, everyone was shocked when the news of his diagnosis of Lymphoma broke.
“When we decided to do this, we felt that if we’re going to go through something like this, let’s see what we can learn and share. Otherwise, it’s just another wasted journey.” – Vashti Whitfield
Andy and his wife decided to document his second round of treatments and while this was an extremely difficult thing to watch, it was all the more beautiful. In watching the documentary, it hit home. I remember watching my little sister go through the different stages of treatment. She was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), when she was 18 months old, and how it breaks down all the good cells in the body. Luckily, my sister has been in remission since she was four years old.
So, as I was watching Andy and his family go such a tremendous battle of life, it was both hard and relatable. The thing is, when watching this documentary, you know it doesn’t end well, and so this made it all the more difficult to get through. Andy was quite a vision to behold. He was a gorgeous man to say the very least and his acting was captivating. I was completely mesmerized by the way Andy and his wife looked upon each other and spoke to one another with this amazing outlook of life. They both had this complete faith in manifesting whatever you may want in life by simply believing it is already yours and for most, it is not something that can be believed whole heartedly. However, in their case, this is how they lived their lives and for the most part, they achieved all that they wanted. While one of these things could have been Andy living a much longer life than he was able, it seemed that they really understood and accepted that this was just a part of their journey. They chose to live their life to the absolute fullest and in doing so, they approached each day with optimism and love. You truly feel and see the beauty in their journey and while difficult, it is something I recommend all to see. It really shows the viewer that while life can be very messy, there is so much beauty to behold and it is important to enjoy all that life has to offer and accept each moment with love and gratitude.
Click below for the trailer. Watch the full documentary on Netflix.
x Steph Cardozo