This weekend my husband and I went to see The Martian. It was every bit as good as I’d hoped, maybe even a little better. I know I’m enjoying a movie when I don’t analyze plot and characterization and just get pulled into the story.
At one point, after all seemed lost, I thought about the strong will to survive. How hard people will strive to keep going. It takes such strength, such energy, such grit.
Toward the very end of the film (don’t worry, this is no spoiler) the protagonist Mark says:
“At some point, everything’s gonna go south on you and you’re going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin.”
I think of the women who planted gardens, even though they had to fight the dust every day in order to save their crop. How hard they fought to keep their homes clean, even though a dust storm was just days away, ready to bury them yet again.
I’m mindful of the men who fought off the jackrabbits, who got up each morning to tend the dead land, who believed the rain would come some day. The towns full of people who stuck it out, fighting for their land.
And I think about those I’ve known. Friends and family who have shown such a strong will to live. Through illness and hard times, financial insecurity and relational problems.
It comes from this deep an inexhaustible belief that life matters. That we have a purpose.
It takes grit, my friends, to make it. Grit to stand in the face of defeat and refuse to backdown.
It takes grit to begin.
*NOTE: A Cup of Dust officially releases tomorrow (Oct. 27). You can preorder the ebook today. ALSO: You’re invited to a Release Day Online Facebook Bash! Giveaways, videos, fun…who could want anything more! And all from the comfort of your own home. Hope you’ll join me!