Well folks, for those who have been following, we’ve made it to week 13 which is half way through this amazing journey with the MKMMA. One of the activities we are to do over the holidays is to watch 4 movies and of course they’re not just any movie. They are based on true stories. My pick was a movie called October Sky. If you don’t want to know what happens, stop here and go watch the movie, else read on to hear what happens.
It’s a truly inspiring movie and I can see why it is a must watch. The story is set in October 1957 in a coal mining town and we follow the life of Homer Hickam, a high school student who was fascinated with rockets after watching the Russian Sputnik fly through the night sky.
Most boys ended up working in the coal mine unless they were good at football and could get a college scholarship. Homer tried football but it wasn’t his thing like his older brother. He hung around with 2 friends and they began experimenting with building rockets. Their first attempt ended up blowing up a section of the fence surrounding the house and the force knocked them to the ground. They knew they had to find a bigger space and a 4th member who knew a lot more about rockets from his science class.
We watch them launch rocket after rocket, the early ones not going far and in fact they were lucky didn’t cause damage as they zoomed through the air. Homer had a burning desire and met many obstacles along the way including his father who was the manager of the coal mine and wanted him to work the coal mine like he did; having to travel 8 miles to where they could launch their rockets; getting arrested for allegedly causing a forest fire from one of the rockets; having to quit school to work the mine after his father got injured.
At that point it did look like he’d given up, however, the desire and his dream was bigger than working the coal mine and he knew he had to prove they didn’t start the fire so he studied his math and wrote a formula which helped him find the missing rocket and prove their innocence. Their science teacher encouraged them from the beginning to enter the national science fair where the winners received college scholarships.
This was huge as it meant they had a way to go to college without having to play football. They went to work and entered the state high school science fair where their project won which lead to them being entered in the national science fair in Indianapolis. The school could only send one student so Homer went. Just when you think the story is over, another obstacle rears when an important piece of their project is stolen the day before the judges come around. He makes some phone calls and they missing part are recreated and gotten to him in the nick of time. Their project wins the overall prize and all 4 boys get college scholarships. You can’t help smile as broadly as Jake Gyllenhal’s character, Homer, when their winner is announced. Homer said to his father in one of his many heated discussions “Coal mines are your life, I want to go to space”
Talk about dreaming BIG. Homer fulfilled his dream as he went on to work at NASA training astronauts.
The story has all the elements of what we are learing about with the MKMMA. We have a DMP backed by a burning desire, a mastermind group, goals, belief from within, obstacles, faith, action, persistence. It has it all.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a Blessed holiday season.