Creatively Saving Lives and Living Them

At this very moment it's 12:27 AM, far later than I ever want to be awake, and I'm jumping around and doing something with my body that most people would consider really bad dancing, but dancing nonetheless as I wave my arms above my keyboard. It's not just because I need to pee, although that's probably where the dancing is coming from, but I can't be entirely sure.

Anyways, I'm smiling like some sort of carnivore and that's definitely not a I need to pee smile (is there one?).

I just got back from watching Eddie the Eagle with a few friends.

 Photo Description: Movie advertisement reads "INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY, "EDDIE THE EAGLE," TWO UNDERDOGS ONE DREAM", FEBRUARY 26". 3/4 of image is sky, on top, with the bottom 1/4 showing a middleaged man in an old red VW Vanagon, with the window down, sticking his head out, resting his arm on the window fram, smiling.  On top of the van, a man is crouched, as if downhill skiing.  This man wears a helmet, ski goggles, and a full competitive skiers uniform with the number "24" on the front.

Photo Description: Movie advertisement reads "INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY, "EDDIE THE EAGLE," TWO UNDERDOGS ONE DREAM", FEBRUARY 26". 3/4 of image is sky, on top, with the bottom 1/4 showing a middleaged man in an old red VW Vanagon, with the window down, sticking his head out, resting his arm on the window fram, smiling.  On top of the van, a man is crouched, as if downhill skiing.  This man wears a helmet, ski goggles, and a full competitive skiers uniform with the number "24" on the front.

Those of you that know me know that I don't believe people should be awake up into the AM's, so you'd be right to assume that I wasn't all too happy about going to a movie at 10 PM (Yes, I'm old and yes I'm only 23, what's your point?). But I was excited for this movie.

I'm a huge movie fan, in fact I probably attribute 1.5 out of the 3 percent support that I got during my worst time to movies. For two or three hours you get to leave the world behind, with all its problems and all its wars and hatred and everything and escape into another world where nothing can reach you. Until the movie is over and whatever war that was going on before comes right back around, but for a short period of time, a very short one, you escape and for some people that escape is the only thing that keeps us alive. 

Eddie the Eagle reminded me of that.

 Photo Description: Left half of photo is blue with the words "ONLY YOU CAN HOLD YOURSELF BACK." In the bottom left reads #EddieTheEagle. The right half of the photo is of a snowy ground, a man lays at the bottom of the image wearing full ski gear, looking as if he is about to make a snow angel.

Photo Description: Left half of photo is blue with the words "ONLY YOU CAN HOLD YOURSELF BACK." In the bottom left reads #EddieTheEagle. The right half of the photo is of a snowy ground, a man lays at the bottom of the image wearing full ski gear, looking as if he is about to make a snow angel.

It reminded me of the power of movies, how you can sit on the edge of your seat, close to tears and rooting for a character that you just met but feel like you've known your entire life.

Eddie the Eagle is based on the life of Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards and his journey to becoming a Winter Olympian. I don't want to give too much away but it's a story of support, determination, love, compassion, disability, courage, success, failure,  resilience and so much more. All this is captured in an hour and 45 minutes and you walk out wondering  if you can also live your life with as much truth and love as he had.

Then you remember that that's not the point.

 Image Description: Green background with white lettering; "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not the winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well." - Pierre De Coubertin

Image Description: Green background with white lettering; "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not the winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well." - Pierre De Coubertin

The point isn't living up to a standard, it's being your own standard and setting the bar up for yourself regardless of what people tell you you can or can't achieve. And sure it's only based on a true story, so it's probably 25% true (if that) but it makes you wonder and fills you with hope. You're hopeful not because you think if he did it so can you, but because life is really not about whether or not you can or can't make something happen, it's the challenges you overcome along the way, challenges every single one of us can overcome. Sure, he achieved something spectacular but he achieved it every day, it wasn't just one moment when the world finally saw him. It was every moment in his journey, which is still going on. Just like every single one of us achieves greatness every single moment because it's our moment, and it's so unique and irreplaceable that we accomplish so much by just being in it. 

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