I’m not a person who likes to pay to cry. I am purely a kick-butt and laugh movie watcher. However, I am a huge sucker for a story of surviving against the odds. Victims have always inspired me with their pure instinct of survival.
This weekend I took my daughter to see Soul Surfer. The story of Bethany Hamilton, a sixteen year old amateur surfer who fought back with faith after a near fatal shark attack that left her with only one arm.
Bethany’s story goes beyond survival—she conquered. Fears, doubts, and physical adversity were left behind to be sucked out into oblivion in a rip tide. She got back on her board as soon as she could and was competing twenty-six days after losing her arm to a Great White. She’s won National Surfing Titles, has made Mission trips with her church to help aid others after natural disasters, and has inspired millions with her courage.
That is the type of message I like to see in the media outlets. The spirit and perseverance of the human race. I have no use for pure slasher entertainment—that’s older than vampires for me. I want to be inspired to get off my butt and reach for my dreams. To dust off my brain and write something that brings joy to a reader. To show my kids through example, they can achieve anything their heart desires with faith, strength and courage.
Who’s inspired you lately? Share your everyday hero’s story. I’d love to hear it.