We have all had moments in life that have challenged us and pushed us to be better people. Sometimes these moments come through our own trials and other times they come by seeing others fight through their own battles. In the movie Eddie the Eagle, Eddie Edwards is a real life British ski jumper that fought as hard as he could to be in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Almost no one believed in him. He had very little money and no evidence of success to back up his dream. None of that stopped him from putting everything he had into accomplishing what he set out to do.
Eddie’s story is remarkable and inspiring to say the least but something else stuck out to me as I watched the movie. On his journey, he meets a man named Bronson Peary. Bronson is a former skier who is letting his life pass him by. Once excelling in the sport, Bronson now has a strained relationship with his former coach and spends his days living one moment at a time. When Eddie makes an entrance into his life things slowly begin to change for him. Eddie’s hope, perseverance, and heart remind him of what it really means to live.
Warren Sharp, Bronson’s former coach, wrote in his book, “A true Olympian is not just about a God-given skill set. It is about not giving up no matter what. That doing your best is the only option, even if it results in failure.” (Eddie the Eagle) We all want to be talented and succeed at everything we do. There is nothing wrong with that. The question to ask ourselves is what does success really look like? If we use our talents but do not give one hundred percent or put our passion into them have we succeeded? Eddie failed more times then he won but he never gave up and because of that he inspired Bronson and people around the world. Our wins usually make us feel better than our failures. Sometimes though, it is our failures that inspire those around us to never give up and to fight on a little longer. That sounds pretty successful to me.