Week 14 – Cool Runnings

This week, I finally had the time to watch one of the movies we were to choose from, and I picked Cool Runnings. I had seen the movie when it came out and I remember loving it even then. It was so inspiring to watch it now, with all the wonderful lessons from the MKMMA stewing in my brain while watching.

So many lovely examples of believing in and going for your dreams – even in the face of laughter and ridicule, and even pure ignorance. For the team to persevere no matter what – that is definitely my take-home message. It somehow reminded me when I left Germany many years ago, and I went to tell my boss at the time, that I was going to quit and move to the United States. I don’t remember what he replied exactly, but I remember him laughing and kind of ridiculing/judging me for my decision, how it was foolish to leave everything I knew behind. I also remember not caring one little bit – I only knew my dream, and I was going for it. I’m sure part of it was the blind faith of youth, so to speak. But at the end of the day, it all worked out. Today I sometimes admire my younger self for the passion and faith I had in myself – going on a dream. I remember moving without even having been accepted yet in one of the three graduate schools I had applied to. All I had was an internship at this wonderful cross-cultural training ‘arm’ of Berlitz language schools, back then called “Berlitz Cross Cultural”, working on Park Avenue in Manhattan that summer. I knew everything else would fall into place, and it did. I got accepted into the MBA program of my choice, at SUNY Albany, and moved up there at the end of the summer.

Looking back at that now, it was a magical time to live in the unknown…..and just to go on faith and my dream. Interestingly enough, the challenges that came later took away some of that faith and courage, at least temporarily. I can definitely say it’s all coming back to me now….and this class is one reason for it. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Week 14 – Cool Runnings

  1. Carol Marsocci

    Ilona-, reading your blog and in particular your last paragraph and knowing the journey we are both on it brings me to Og “I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise. I will no longer be fooled by the garments they wear for mine eyes are open. I will look beyond the cloth and I will not be deceived. I am nature’s greatest miracle.” A beautiful journey it is!!! Carol

  2. Ellen L

    Fantastic! I love, too, how I’m recovering parts of myself that I’ve been missing for years. Kudos to you for not letting your boss back home change or second-guess your decision!


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