My monday musing is being posted on Tuesday this week because of a sick child at home yesterday…such is life sometimes! :)
When was the last time you said to yourself, “Some day I’d really like to…(fill in the blank)”? How long ago did you state your dream? Have you done the thing you’ve dreamed of doing? Whether you have or not, we all have dreams; things we think about, long for and dream about doing…
if only we had the time.
if only we were good enough.
if only we had enough money.
if only we were younger…blah, blah, blah.
Tell those things to Burt Munro, and he’d probably pat you on the back, look up at the sky and give a quiet, little chuckle. And then, with his utterly engaging yet humble personality, he’d ask you, “What were those reasons again?”
I rented the movie The World’s Fastest Indian which stars Anthony Hopkins this past weekend. To be honest, I wasn’t all that excited to see it; the title didn’t really speak to me and I hadn’t seen the trailer, but I love Sir Anthony. He always brings so much depth to the characters he plays, so I thought I’d give it a chance…and I am so glad that I did.
This small independent film is one of those cinematic treasures…one of those true stories which stays with you for days, sitting at the edge of your consciousness, reminding you of the dreams you have yet to fulfill..
The basic premise of the film is about a real-life New Zealander named Burt Munro, who spent 25 years fine tuning a 1920 Indian motorcycle with hopes of setting a land speed record on it. In 1967, at 68 years old, he risks everything…including his life…to achieve his dream. But this movie is so much more than that…it’s so much more than a man who is driven by a passion for speed or about following his dream.
It is about believing in oneself, no matter what others say…
…it’s about knowing one’s truth and only having to look inside one’s self to believe it
…it’s about not knowing the outcome, but enjoying every step of the journey
…it’s about inspiring others without any intent of being an inspiration
…it’s about the difference of living a life and being truly alive
…it’s about being fearless
Utterly fearless. Burt explains the reasons behind his fearless nature in an exchange with a young neighbor boy:
Sounds like the power of now to me; a deep understanding of what it means to truly live in the moment. So now you can probably understand why I love and am recommending this movie…I mean, how could one not love watching a true story about a person who openly embraced and experienced the power of now?
Oh…and here’s one more for the road…for your week…enjoy it. Live it.
when you do go, you’ll find you’ve gone.”
- Burt Munro