I had planned an entirely different list for today’s Top 10 Tuesday post, but in light of the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Boston, I have decided to take another approach.
I’m not going to lie; I was overcome with emotion yesterday upon hearing the news. Like so many others, I was glued to the television. But after a little while, I made myself turn it off. Not only that, but I walked away from social media and the internet. Instead, I took my daughter out for a nice dinner and then we went shopping. When we finally got home, I turned on the DVR and watched the Voice rather than the news. It’s a self-preservation thing, you see.
On 9/11/01, I was so consumed with the events as they unfolded, that I nearly had a breakdown. I became numb. I forgot to eat, forgot to take care of our daughter (thankfully, my husband’s place of business let everyone go home, so he was with her). I didn’t sleep for 3 days. I watched the television round the clock. Half of my family was still living on Long Island, and one of my brothers was a police officer with the NYPD. The phone lines were so bogged down in the tri-state area, that it took 2 days before I had confirmation that he was alive and safe. I know that thousands of families had more of a right to feel the way that I did, but I truly froze in time. A few days later, a young boy was hit by a car in front of the park, about 2 blocks from our home. He had to be transported by helicopter to the hospital. It was already dark when we heard the chopper as it practically landed in our yard. That ruined me. I had grown up in the final years of the Cold War, watching movies like Red Dawn. I was certain that we were being invaded. After living along the flight line on an Air Force base for a number of years, you would think I’d have been desensitized. Nope. I was broken. I’m the person who thinks too much, who cares too much, and who empathizes too much, if there is such a thing. I lost a day when the Oklahoma City bombing occurred. I lost a day when the World Trade Center was attacked the first time. I lost a week after 9/11. I still tense up in movie theaters since the Aurora shootings. You get the picture.
So when I learned about Boston, I began to slip back into that state. My irrational fears of death and dying kicked in. I began to drown in an overwhelming sadness, with a longing to fix all of the problems of all of the people in the world. But I can’t. And so, rather than have my head filled with the inaccuracies and vitriol being pumped into the world wide web, I chose to turn it off. I will wait for an actual public statement on the events from the appropriate authorities, rather than subject myself to the sensationalism of the mass media. Out of respect to the victims, the eye witnesses, and their families, I will not pour over the gruesome photographs being shared. I will keep them in my hearts. And I will remember a quote that I recently heard from the upcoming Will Smith movie, After Earth, “Danger is real. Fear is a choice.”
I think it was Steve Martin who said, and I’m paraphrasing here, that all of life’s problems have already been solved in the movies. That Will Smith quote is resonating with me. Today, it is motivation to keep moving forward, to stay positive. It is with that in mind that I bring you today’s revised Top 10 Tuesdays list: Motivational Movie Speeches.
As is usually the case, these are off the top of my head and in no particular order…well, save for the top 3. Those are the very best, in my opinion. I have done my best to avoid speeches from sports movies, because let’s face it, that list could go on for days. The motivational speech is the backbone of any good sports movie. I’m not saying that one or two didn’t make the cut. I’m just saying that there are too many good ones to narrow it down. However, if there is a sports speech that moved you so much it made your top 10, by all means, share it! Enjoy…
- Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers–Sam’s speech to Frodo “There’s some good in this world“
- Rocky Balboa: Rocky’s speech to his son “It ain’t about how hard you hit…“
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: The letter to his daughter “For what it’s worth, it’s never too late...”
- The Outsiders: Letter from Johnny “Keep it that way, it’s a good way to be...”
- Rocky IV: (don’t judge me) The Final speech “I seen a lot of changing...”
- Independence Day: President’s speech “We will be united...”
- Dead Poets Society: Teacher’s speech “Carpe diem...”
- Pursuit of Happyness: Dad to son “Go get it...”
- Stripes: The Underdog speech “We are Americans...”
- UHF: The mop speech “Life is like a mop...”
I know, I know…there are dozens of others that could have or should have been on this list. I agree with you! In fact, here are 40 speeches in 2 minutes!
Feel free to add more to the comments. If any of the youtube links should stop working, or content becomes blocked/removed, just let me know and I’ll try to remedy the situation. Of course, if you can’t view the speeches, you can look them up on line and read them! May these words bring a little positive energy your way today and every day. Stay strong.