There is Hidden Potential in All of Us

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Rocket enginesBy Kathy Smith

How often do you hear of something that’s true or see a movie “based on a true story” and find yourself thinking, “Why am I just now learning of this?”  Even if only a portion of it were true and the rest embellished by Hollywood, it’s still based on truth. Bravo to the remarkable women whose story is told in the movie Hidden Figures along with another man whose onscreen presence impressed me so much: Mahershala Ali. I think we will be seeing much more of him.

Having grown up in south Florida I can readily recall the excitement at and around Cape Canaveral for each launch. Even then I sensed the immense danger and hard work that was put into such a feat and the pressures to get that person or persons back to earth safely. Considering the times, early 60’s, with segregated bathrooms and water fountains, and endless other insults, it never occurred to me, even as I got older, that African Americans had anything to do with our beloved space program. Ever.

The inspiration I received from this film should have been shared and been inspiring young kids of all races many years ago! What a difference it could have made. I am grateful to those who are responsible for producing this wonderful movie and bringing this story and these people the much needed attention it deserves. I was pleased to see Katherine Johnson did receive a medal of freedom in December last year at I believe 94 years of age. Long overdue. No doubt there are countless others’ contributions who will never be acknowledged. I thank you, too.

Apollo 13 was mine and my husband Kirk’s favorite movie having watched it seven times. We never tired of it. This may be a close runner up to it having a racial and generational component Apollo 13 didn’t have and that really took me back. I remember those times vividly and even as a child and young woman with no voice I knew instinctively that what I was witnessing was wrong.

One of the things I enjoy most about getting older is being able to remember history in the making, looking back and realizing how far we’ve come. I’d like to suggest you see the movie for yourself. We have come far. All of us. There is still much room for improvement.

Have you ever found hidden potential in yourself or in someone else? Have you seen the movie? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Kathy Smith

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A woman with a grateful heart with more blessings than she deserves. My courageous, kind husband Kirk remains at the top of my gratitude list. 

2 thoughts on “There is Hidden Potential in All of Us

  1. Dana Thompson

    I am excited to see this movie as well Kathy! I love true stories. Apollo 13 is one of our favorite movies too and I know Hidden Figures will be in that category of favorites very soon. The three actresses who were chosen for the lead roles are amazing and I’m already a fan of their work. It is wonderful that the real-life women and their contributions are now finally being recognized. Thank you so much for the thought provoking post. Really great!

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