Yesterday it was Family Day in Ontario, which I spent with my 2 children curled up on the couch watching some great movies. It was cute on Sunday afternoon, when my 6 year old Hannah looked up at me wondering what we’d do for Family Day- she pointed out that “we already did stuff today and yesterday as a family.” I reminder her that every day is Family Day in our house, where she just smiled and laughed and went about drawing more caricatures on her sketch pad. On Monday, I sat us down to watch the incredible true story of “Secretariat.” It was my second time watching it, and I cried once again with sheer joy and inspiration many times throughout the movie!
I love watching a movie where there are insurmountable odds to overcome. Penny and Big Red triumph over all adversity to win the race and win the fight. This true story inspires me to press on and never give up. Penny eloquently states, “I will not live the rest of my life in regret” This is a true statement that speaks truth, and should be listened to very closely for everyone!
The spirit of Big Red (Secretariat) is awe inspiring- since I was a little girl I’ve been hypnotized by the beauty of horses. When I was 4, I followed a big red ribbon to find at the end of it, my very own horse, whom I named Timmy- how I loved Timmy! My whole life I’ve watched horses play and interact with each other and the humans that they love and I’ve always thought deep down that they can communicate almost telepathically (reading minds).
Not only is the horse seen as the underdog, but his owner Penny Chenery Tweedy is “just” a housewife whose voice is also not heard. Her place is in her home, raising her family and taking care of the house and her husband. As a woman watching this story it inspires me beyond measure! This movie, fits with the theme of my personal life, that “anything is possible” and she proves this by doing the impossible and her story is set in the books of history. Penny says, “This is not about going back. This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it! Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.”
This is a move worth watching, over and over again! It’s truly inspirational… I loved when her brother who was an economics teacher at Harvard told her that it’s impossible to raise $6Million, it was Penny that creatively thought outside the box, raising $6.8 million and went on to win the Triple Crown with Secretariat!
This is Secretariat’s historic 1973 Belmont Stakes victory, where he won in a matter of 2 minutes, 25 seconds making him The Triple Crown winner. “ I’ve run my race. You run your’s.” – Chenery speaking to Secretariat the evening before the Belmont Stakes.
… and did he ever run his race!