My husband proposed to me in the infield of Churchill Downs, 8 minutes to post at the 124th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Fourteen years and three weeks later, I’m sitting on the couch with our 7 year old son watching Dreamer. We birthed a horse lover. This is not the first time we have watched this movie together. In the film, which stars Kurt Russell, Kris Kristofferson, and Dakota Fanning dreams come full circle.
Risks are taken. And as Sting recently told me when he spoke to me via a radio commercial, Nothing is worth doing unless there is a risk.
In Dreamer the race horse should be put down after an injury but a trainer and his daughter think differently. They take a risk, have faith and believe in the impossible.
Impossible. That’s what risk takers eat for breakfast.
At the end of the movie of course the horse that had the greatest odds, 80-1, wins the race, proving that risk, faith and believing in possibility can result in standing in the winner’s circle with a wreath of roses.
Winning doesn’t just happen in the movies. We all won’t have an opportunity to train a broken horse to contend in the Breeder’s Cup but we all have dreams that when we dust them off and let the light shine on them, can end us too, standing in our own winner’s circle.
The dream starts small with a proposal from your heart. All you have to do next is say, YES. Like Sting goes on to say, A lot of people approach risk as if it`s the enemy when it`s really fortune`s accomplice.
by J.G. McGlothern