I just watched Men of Honor on a plane and was so inspired by it yet again that i am writing this on an overnight flight back to London despite the fact that it is almost 3am and I have a full a day ahead when we land in a little over 4 hours’ time. Truth be told I was glad when they dimmed the lights on the plane because I was getting a little self-conscious of the tears in my eyes as I watched this film.
As I wonder what it was about the movie that so deeply touched me, I realize that it contained symbolism and lessons at many levels.
It illustrates what it really means to persevere under even the most adverse circumstances; how to decide what you want and then to commit to it no matter what.
It shows you what it means to really take the risk to follow your heart in love, and the critical importance of believing in yourself.
It teaches the story of the importance surrounding yourself with loved ones, people that care about you and are willing to support and stand by you no matter what; and it shows clearly the dangers of pursuing goals with a disregard of the impact of those around you
It is a story about believing in your dreams even when they seem unrealistic, unconventional and impossible and especially when others tell you it is impossible.
‘Men of Honor’ also touches on the sensitive issue of racism, so prevalent in those years and of course, something still alive in (un)well in many cultures even today.
The most important reminder that I got from it was that we always (I mean, always) have a choice whether or not to believe someone else’s opinion as ‘the truth’; the 4 minute mile wasn’t possible until Roger Bannister decided that it was; within 24 months 6 others had achieved the ‘impossible’.
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