I recently had the opportunity to see the Film “Over the Top” produced and directed by Cynthia Banks. This is a short film about a man living in small town Southern Ontario, Canada who pushes the boundaries of living in every direction. He has traveled around the world to perform antics of every kind in order to live his life to the fullest. Whether he’s jumping a fence, flying down a mountain, or plunging into some body of water, he appears to do it with gusto. So why would this movie change my life in such such a short time?
The main character in the film is Rick Harding, a man determined to keep living every second to the fullest. The movie brings not only his life philosophy into perspective but allows us, the viewers, to see what our full potential might be if we followed his lead. We glimpse what a life well-lived really looks like.
The film provides a mirror for us to see where we have lived fully and where we have wasted our days, never to get them back. Rick Harding shows us how to get up off the couch where life is lived virtually, and to actually feel life through action and sharing. By sharing his antics with those around him, we feel exhilarated at what life could be for us too. The need to live full-out is contagious in this film.
Through the life of this man, Cynthia Banks breathes life into us. She gives us a glimpse of how life can be lived and maps it out for us too. As the film moves through it’s story we begin seeing opportunities for ourselves in new and enlightening ways. The tempo of our lives accelerates with new possibilities. The uplifting pace brings with it an energy that infuses us with new energy that lasts long after we leave the theater. A part of Rick Harding lingers within us, urging us to live in ways we never imaged until he showed us exactly how to do it.
Thank you Rick and Cynthia.
For more information on “Over the Top” see: http://www.bravofact.com/2016/05/25/over-the-top-2016/
Teresa L. DeCicco, PhD, is the author of “Living Beyond the Five Senses: The Emergence of a Spiritual Being” and “The Giant Compass: Navigating The Life of Your Dreams” You can see more of her work athttp://www.teresadecicco.com