I totally hopped on here to upload a quick video of my dog, but I got distracted by today’s Daily Prompt, which is to pick a quote from my favorite movie and make it the title of my post. Also, now that my posts go directly to Facebook, my friends are going to learn new things about me… like what uncharacteristically turns into a sappy explanation of a movie quote.
You have no idea how hard it is to narrow down my absolute all-time favorite movie. It changes daily. So instead I tried to narrow it down by my favorite movie starring my favorite actor: Tom Hanks. Not that it’s any easier to narrow down, just seemed like a good idea at the time. Ok so now I have to pick my favorite Tom Hanks movie. Equally, if not more difficult. First, all romantic comedies are out. Saving Private Ryan is great, but not exactly quotable. Forrest Gump is a extremely quotable, but not my favorite. Big is out because the fortune teller machine scares me.
Perhaps I have to narrow it down by picking my favorite Tom Hanks character in a favorite Tom Hanks movie. Oh yes, that’s much easier. Ladies and gentleman, I give you a quote from the ever classy and inspirational Coach Jimmy Dugan from A League of Their Own:
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”
If you haven’t seen the movie, you need to. Tom Hanks does a lot of yelling, and he’s a fantastic yeller (it makes me laugh). If you HAVE seen the movie, then you sensed the sarcasm when I said he was classy and inspirational. He was far from it, and most of his attempts at prayer or motivational speeches were awkward and uncomfortable. This quote comes from a private moment between Jimmy and Dottie, the women’s baseball star who is leaving the team to go make babies with her husband, who just returned from the war (a war that gave her the opportunity to play professional baseball, mind you).
This movie is full of hilarious quotes and one-liners, but this one is the one movie quote I relate to the most. It’s the quote I come to when I think I’m going through something hard, reminding me that some of life’s challenges are worth the struggle. The biggest right now is that my fiance is deployed for the first time since we’ve been together. It sucks. It REALLY sucks. But it wouldn’t be so hard, and therefore great, to be apart if we weren’t absolutely meant to be together. You tell me how 2 people thousands of miles apart can be thinking the exact same thing at the same time during a Facebook chat if they aren’t soul mates! I think it also explains how I’m handling this new experience better than I thought I would. I’m not letting either of us be too sad or too down, because it’s a temporary hardship. Do I miss him every day? Absolutely, every minute and every second of every day. But it’s worth it because we’d rather be going through this together than not have each other at all.
If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it, and I’ve seen a lot of couples who couldn’t. That’s not us. We know what we have, and neither one of us is willing to take the easy way out because we know this is right and this is the path we headed down together. So for us, the hard… is what makes it great.
And now… because this was entirely too emotional for me… Apropos of nothing, here’s the most famous scene from the movie. (Profanity warning!)