I went to a movie yesterday and a line made me gasp. It wasn’t even in the movie I was there to see, it was in the trailer.
Whip It is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut about Roller Derby girls. A character played by Ellen Page has just seen her first match and she tells the team they are her, “newest heroes.” One of the women looks at her and says, “Put on some skates and be your own hero.”
I felt like I’d taken punch to the gut.
Put on some skates. Or walk around the block. Write a story down. Take soup to a neighbor. Read a book to a child.
Whatever is that you value, that you admire, go do it.
Pretty simple, isn’t it. So why do we (meaning, I) sit and watch others do those things? Why don’t I?
I’m not too busy to watch television.
I’m not too busy cleaning house.
I have enough clothes to keep warm.
So, why don’t I?
Gotta go get some skates.