I work with a team full of Gen Zs. Vidushi, one of my interns, told me that she was 3 years old when Lagaan came out (man, I felt old). I started thinking of the movies that I watched when I was young and why some of them have stayed with me till today. My brother and I would finish school and go to Sarvodya library in Bandra and pick up 4-5 LDs (the kids in the office have never heard of a LD. It’s heartbreaking). I was obsessed with Ninja movies, I’ve seen every Jackie Chan film possible (the bloopers at the end are the best part!) and I have a super long list of recommendations, that I’ll get to another day.
One of my favourite movies growing up was Cool Runnings. For most of you who follow me today, I’m sure you’ll have to go google it. Here’s a few lines from the internet – A Jamaican bobsled team fights many odds, including a reluctant coach, to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics. They train in harsh and sunny climes for a sport that chills them to their bones.
I loved this movie so much. I watched it when I was 8 or 10 and I learned a lot from it. It showed me that challenges exist and you have to be strong and brave enough to fight them. That you should show up for something you truly believe in. Goals and dreams need to be scary and outrageous because that’s the only way we’ll push our boundaries. It’s funny because 20 + years later, I am watching Brene Brown’s special on Netflix about courage, vulnerability and bravery and I see the common thread (please do yourself a favour and watch her Netflix special).
My two favourite scenes in the movie are
- When Derice asks coach Irv why he cheated, part of his reply is “A gold medal is a wonderful thing and if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it’’ (Watch the scene here)
- When the boys get into a bar fight, Yul takes Junior to the bathroom mirror and asks him what he sees. Junior says he sees well, Junior. Yul then tells him that he sees pride and power. Junior skeptically asks him if that’s what he really sees. Yul says “it’s not about what I see, it’s about what YOU see’’ (watch the scene here)
I think these two lessons are so key in life. It’s a constant work in progress for me to truly feel like I’m enough. I’ll go through days when I’ll feel terrible about myself and some days I’ll feel great. I’m working towards reaching a steady state of balance where I can truly just tell myself ‘I am enough’. And of course, when you look at yourself in the mirror – it only matters what YOU see! So please choose to look at yourself with love and kindness <3
Do you have a list of movies you recommend for me? Shows? What should I binge watch next?