June 20, 2015

You Are Capable Of Greatness: Lucy (2014)

Have you ever pushed yourself to accomplish a goal? There's nothing like it, right? Just when you're about to give up, that's when you inevitably cross the figurative, or real life, finish line. What's more is that besides feeling a sense of accomplishment for what you've just achieved, you also end up learning all sorts of new things about yourself, like what you're passionate (or dispassionate) about and in some cases even inspiring others. If only we allowed ourselves to experience that more often.

Lucy (2014 film) poster.jpgWhat is it about someone attaining something great or accomplishing some presumably enormous feat that causes most of us to get excited about doing something great for ourselves? We see someone do something awesome and, well, it makes us want to do something awesome or be awesome, too. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just we have to remember to keep going and persevere when no one is looking and especially in the face of adversity. The movie Lucy (2014) to me is a great reminder that we are all capable of greatness, even if it does seem a bit farfetched, because at the end of the day the drugs that she ingested only helped her to tap into unused potential that already existed within her and she didn't let anything stop her during her pursuit to help humanity.

In the movie Lucy (2014), the eponymous title character (Scarlett Johansson) is an unsuspecting college student studying abroad who finds herself in a dangerous confrontation with a Korean mob boss, thanks to her drug trafficking boyfriend. While unconscious, a bag of CPH4 is sewn into her abdomen so that she can then transport the illegal drugs without detection into Europe. The thing about CPH4 is that is causes an increase in mental and physical abilities, including telepathy and being impervious to pain or discomfort, with an overdose. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending how you look at it, the bag of drugs is ruptured in Lucy's abdomen and she begins to realize skills that enable her to physically and mentally overcome any obstacle that she encounters. By the end of the movie, after joining forces with a well-known scientist who happened to research a similar phenomenon, Lucy then consumes more of the CPH4 drug to her ultimate disintegration into ever-present molecules that will benefit scientists with the requisite knowledge needed to progress humanity to the next evolutionary level.

Although this movie is an action packed science fiction film, this female centric story also serves as a great reminder that we are all capable of greatness. Like Lucy, we all have untapped potential in us that is waiting to be accessed, we just have to be open to uncovering and/or discovering it. So, no more making excuses that you can't start a new business, run a marathon or whatever, because the truth is we are all capable of greatness without any help.

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