How the movie Hidden Figures inspired me

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2017. Filed Under Voices of wisdom

Yesterday my best friend and I went to go see the movie, Hidden Figures. I had no idea what the movie was about only that my parents raved about it and told me to go and see it.

I could not get enough of the movie… I loved it! For those that have not seen it, the trailer describes it as “The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.”

These women pushed the boundaries not only as women but more importantly as African-American women who faced great racial divide in their state and country. I was so inspired. All I kept thinking was if these women could live their dreams and push through adversity in the 1960s then certainly in 2017 I could. As I write this I do recognize that as much as things have changed, in many respects when you look at what is happening in the USA today you might actually wonder – women’s rights? Racial divide?

I don’t want to digress. What I really want to talk about is following our dreams. It begins with having a dream and believing it can happen. The other part of the movie that really struck me was the fact that to find solutions to our problems we sometimes need to look at it from a different angle, not straight on. So often when we are looking for the solution we just cannot see it however the answer is there, just not straight on in our face. We might even think that the solution does not exist. In the case of the movie when Mary was looking for the math equation to determine the “go no go” pinpoint location the astronaut needed to reenter the atmosphere, Mary and her fellow mathematicians could not figure it out. Finally, Mary realized she needed to look at the problem/solution from a different angle. She realized the answer was always there, from the past, it just needed to be revived and made relevant. And sure enough she created the equation that was needed to determine the “go no go” pinpoint using an ancient math language.

To see Mary’s face when she realized that she did it, she did the impossible, she created a formula that did not exist was so moving.

I walked away from this movie and thought about my own work. I realized that I have been looking at the solution to my youth work from the wrong angle. All of a sudden all of this information and inspiration began flowing to me. All I needed was to shift my thoughts just a little.

Is there something in your life, an issue or problem that you are struggling with to find a solution? If so, perhaps you need to look at it from a different angle/different perspective. I cannot tell you exactly what you will need to do or how to look at something but I can say take a second and step back. Break down the problem and look at all of the parts to it. Perhaps you have been focussing on the wrong part. By doing so you may find the answer(s) that you are seeking.

What I want to leave you with this weekend is that there is always a solution even if we think it does not exist. A small shift in perspective or belief, a shift in thought, might just be what you need to get the answer to the problem you are facing.

Try it…

On that note I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend.

All my love,


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