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In this day and age, you don't see many inspirational movies anymore. Inspirational people are everywhere, but movies brave enough to tell their stories? Not nearly enough. Don't get me wrong, I do love the good old Marvel and DC Comics blockbusters. But they only help you escape from reality for a brief moment, after that you're right back to where you started. On the contrary, real stories are cruel but almost always carry a valuable lesson - so it takes a great deal of courage to tell the truth, and even more so to listen.
When I came across the Hidden Figures trailer, I knew I had to watch it. Cleverly combining human rights issues, women's empowerment, and my love affair - science, particularly space science - this movie is truly a work of art.
The three powerful women - Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson - who took centre stage of the plot are real people, flesh and blood, real. At one point they all lived among ordinary people, decided to never give up on their dreams. And let's not forget those were much more difficult times, when coloured people were publicly and lawfully discriminated. Yet they charged through every obstacle, every challenge, and eventually made the hall of fame with their brilliant minds.
Their amazing stories reminded me that it's never too late to start living your dreams. All you have to do is to know what you're looking for, and just go for it. Whether you're in your 20s, 50s, or 80s - there's still time. Let's call it... a gift from medical advancement. It's no longer a fantasy for people to live beyond 100 years old, so just do the maths, there's a decent chance that you still have tonnes of time ahead of you.
If you're fed up with your life, and ready to throw in the towel and just settle, I encourage you to watch this movie. I guarantee it'll inspire you to dig out your old notebook from primary school, in which you wrote the essay: "What do I want to be when I grow up?"
Ready for a mind-blowing time? Watch the movie here.