The Legend of Bagger Vance is one of several films that are on my ‘movie medicine’ list for when I need just that bit of inspiration and perceptual-shift.
With its inspiring depression-era ‘Hero’s Journey‘ story, a wise spirit ally who shows up in an unexpected form (as they do!) to guide our hero, an evocative score, and Robert Redford’s elegant direction and cinematography, it’s definitely good medicine for mind and spirit.
Though the story is rich, here’s one bit of wisdom from one of my favorite scenes (and there are several):
“Inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing… Somethin’ we was born with… Somethin’ that’s ours and ours alone… Somethin’ that can’t be taught to ya or learned… Somethin’ that got to be remembered…
Over time the world can, rob us of that swing… It get buried inside us under all our wouldas and couldas and shouldas… Some folk even forget what their swing was like… There’s a perfect shot out there tryin’ to find each and every one of us… All we got to do is get ourselves out of its way, to let it choose us…” ~ Bagger Vance, The Legend of Bagger Vance
Here’s to remembering, to getting out of the way, and to letting our ‘authentic swing’ choose us! Yes, it’s easier said than done … but it’s a great question to live into!