October 11, 2010
Something to See
The film Secretariat, just like the horse for millions of Americans in 1972, took me by surprise. I knew going into the film that it would be an inspiring Disney movie about the greatest racehorse that ever lived. But what I did not expect was the feeling of self-confidence that arose within me after watching the horse win the 1973 Triple Crown. I mean, I think horses are stately, enchanting creatures but I am not a horse person, per se.
I love movies. And my family loves to go to the movies, so much of my life relates and connects to that cinematic feeling one gets when watching the majesty of a well-made feature film projected on a large screen in a darkened theater. It's humbling. You exit the film and that grand place of a movie has so ensnared you in its plot you feel you lived the story with the characters. You endure their lives. In watching Secretariat, I felt the belief, the perseverance embodied by that stately thoroughbred.
In 1973, he knew he had it in him to win. His female owner, Penny Chenery, knew he had this power. She sacrificed much and ignored all the male chauvinism that fell across her path in order to see her horse to victory. It's something to see.
And somehow, in watching that film, I began to know once again that I have it in me to be successful in my life. I have my power. It's long been sheltered by heaps of insecurity and fears of commitment. But lately, I've felt fledglings of ancient feelings that I once so deeply loved - adventure, romance, possibility, and a clear sense of right that's worth fighting for. It's all there and I am going to rush in and grab it like a champion's title I always knew was mine.
Image found here.