From the moment I saw the Eddie the Eagle movie trailer, I was hooked. It was this line that clinched it for me:
“As your coach, I should tell you you’re crazy. But as your friend, I say fly!”
How much difference can one person make in the life of a fledgling?
My Old Grandma encouraged me through college, for example. She knew I was brilliant, and she knew I could do anything. I had no limits. Theoretical physics? No match for her granddaughter! (I did not concur.) Student teaching? Forget about it! Not even meteorologyÃ‚ could hold me back in her eyes.
Old Grandma believed in me even when I had no confidence in myself (reference the physics nightmare). I know my mom and dad probably did, too, but they were quieter in their belief. Old Grandma was sure I could conquer anything, and she told me about it often. “Why notÃ‚ just do it?” she’d ask.
Yeah, why not?! Just do it indeed.
These days, my kids are my most vocalÃ‚ cheerleaders. I’ve heard Grace tell her friends, “My mom is so crafty!” and that keeps me going when I’m sure I’m going to have nightmares about glitter and all my fingers are blistered from run-ins with the hot glue gun.
Or the time when Allie said, “Mom, I love you more than anybody. You can do anything!” I carry that one around in my pocket to encourage me when I’m having a rough day at work. I can do anything!
And then there is Joe.Ã‚ Joe is always at my back cheering me on. “You can do it!” “Hang in there!” These are the texts I get from him most often.
Last year, when I was laid off, I experienced a wreckingÃ‚ lack of confidence. I didn’t know what I was going to do, whatÃ‚ weÃ‚ were going to do. But Joe was resolute.
“I knew she would get another job right away,” he later told our therapist. “She’s too smart. Everyone would want to scoop her up.”
It didn’t happen quite that way, but it was good. God’s timing is always perfect, andÃ‚ Joe’s explanation was balm to my raw soul.
So in this movie, Eddie the Eagle, Eddie Edwards is the ultimate example of perseverance and achievement. PeopleÃ‚ discount him, but he works and works and works until he reaches his dream – to go to the Olympics with the help of a skiing mentor and legend.
The movie shows Eddie’sÃ‚ story from childhood through the Olympic games in Vancouver in 1988.
The best thing about this awesomely inspiration movie? It’s based on a true story. Eddie the Eagle was a real man.
I can. not. wait. to see this movie. Take a look at the trailer and you’ll know what I mean.
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