Denzel Washington made me like football (and myself)

It’s been a while since I’ve watched such an inspiring movie. Not because of lack of trying, it’s because I haven’t had the time. The movie is called “Remember The Titans” starring Denzel Washington. 

 
It’s set during the ’60. Post Brown v. Board of Education (the Supreme Court case that banned segregation in public schools). Washington plays football Coach Herman Boone who’s transferred to what used to be a “white only” school. 
 
The coach’s biggest challenge was to unite a team that has never interacted with one another due to segregation. Just imagine how that went in the midst of the civil rights movement. 
 
I’m not going to go too much into detail because I genuinely want you to see it. That’s how good it is. 
 
Coach Boone’s “I play to win” mindset is just what I needed. Funny how the Universe works, for the past month I’ve noticed how I’ve been approaching situations in my life throughout the years. I’ve been arriving at (almost) every situation in my life acting as if I’ve lost “the game” before it begins. While watching this film I thought “Fuck. I’ve been acting like a loser all my life.” All these years I’ve thought I genuinely sucked. 

I also said to myself “Why am I not more like Coach Boone? What’s stopping me?” It was a strange epiphany to have while watching a football movie.  

By the way, saying “winner” and “loser” repetitively reminds me of POTUS. Ugh, I guess we all want to win “bigly.” I just puked a little. I take it back. 

I concluded it all boils down to the attitude. If you arrive at the game already playing and acting like a winner, chances are you’re going to win the game. But if you keep acting with doubt and already embracing your defeat… you’ll come out defeated. 
 
It can all sound very cliché and corny–it does. Most of the times we can’t control situations, but what we can control our attitude. 
 
Personally, I’m freaking tired of thinking and acting as if I’m not worthy enough nor talented enough. How is this helping me? It just stops me from whatever I want to do. I’m acting as my own biggest obstacle. 


“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford


The lack of faith I had in myself was unmeasurable. How ironic is it to have people in your life telling you how special you are while you’re feeling unworthy. The only one that needed to believe it was me. 

I’m not going to lie, it’s not like all of a sudden I’ve become this confidence machine. But it definitely has helped that I’m more self-aware of what I have to offer. I definitely don’t suck, I’m pretty cool if I do say so myself. 

This movie ignited something in me. I have to play with the intention of winning. Nothing else, just winning. 
 
Besides the epiphany I had… Watching this movie and knowing this was based on a true story makes it even more touching. An entire team was able to surpass racism and became an example of tolerance for its town. 
 
“Remember The Titans” also made me like football. Now, I really want to know what the hell they’re doing. I want to learn. 
 
Go watch the movie and tell me if it at least made you slightly interested in football. 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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