I found a movie that actually taught a lesson I liked for my son- and for me. Shocking, I know.
This past week as a family we took in the movie “Turbo”. Now, let’s be real- I went for the voice of Ryan Reynolds (he’s in my Top 5) as Turbo the snail and it’s an animated movie from Dream Works who I think does a slightly better job lately than Pixar- but I digress.
Turbo’s dream is to be a……..race car driver at the Indy 500. A snail. Yup, you read that right. He works in the tomato field with his brother and the other snails. The “safe” route, per say. While every night he watches car races over and over again, practicing, memorizing and dreaming about what’s possible. Everyone thinks he’s crazy, even his brother. Yet, he’s not willing to give up on his dream.
Then something happens to him and he gains super turbo powers and suddenly he’s the fastest snail in the world. The rest involves a taco truck (hello plug for Lloyds), a bunch of business owners with no business and one guy who believed in Turbo. This one guy saw what others didn’t. He believed. He took the chance.
Turbo makes it to the Indy 500. I won’t tell you the rest, but the morale of the story came down to this: No matter how big your dreams are, don’t give up on them. Ever.
I was thrilled that my son heard this message but frankly I loved it for me. It was a great reminder to me that even though there will be people that don’t believe you along your path, but if you know your dream is real then anything is possible. Sometimes it just takes that one person who believes in you too. Sometimes it helps to have a group.
Over the past 2 weeks I have been a part of the START Experiment started by Jon Acuff. Basically it’s an organized, internet gathering of 2,000 people broken up into groups cheering each other on to START facing our dreams and punching fear in the face. Basically we are a bunch of Turbo’s cheering each other on. More to come on that in a later post.
So here’s to the dreamers in all of us- STARTing the road towards our dreams, punching fear in the face and creating an adventure along the way. Here’s to the Indy racing snails that live in each of us. And to my fellow START Experiment co-horts (especially Group 25), here’s to us: the believers.