Today I went to see the movie Argo. One reason I had to see the movie was that I had no idea why they called it Argo. Now I know, but no spoilers here. But of course you probably have already seen it so you, too, know the "secret" of Argo. Just kidding. Not that big a secret.
Anyway, I have to say I enjoyed this movie...even if I did already know the outcome. It is a true story (mostly) and I have to say Ben Affleck did an amazing job of recreating the time and events that many of us lived through. Hard to believe it was thirty-three years ago.
One thing I was surprised by was my changed impression of what went on then. I had already known the Shah of Iran was basically a bad guy. No wonder the Iranian citizens were so angry at America! I love my country, but right or wrong? I am not so sure any more. But that is not what I want to blog about here. What I came away with was the realization that I have never had an adventure where I was the hero.
I wondered if I would have what it took Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to do what he did. He was always calm and self-assured. He was ready to lay down his life to rescue those six Americans who found themself in harm's way. Amazing. A hero...in his own life story. Imagine that. Can we all say that about our own life stories?
Ergo, Argo is more than a story. It is a journey...a hero's journey. Something to which I find myself now aspiring.