A movie made by Mladen Matičević few years ago, documentary that made me smile a lot last evening when I saw it. It is autobiographic movie that says so much about human mind and will.
"How to become a hero" shows us a man who has not accomplished a lot in his life – according to his own words. A man who turns to look back and started to question goals he had and how many of them he reached. Then one day, while sitting in his sofa in front of TV, drowning his desperation in a can of beer, he saw a broadcast from Rotterdam Marathon and it sparkled an idea in his head. He decided to run full marathon race (42km – 26.09 miles) in order to prove himself he is the same person he was and that despite his age (he just turned 40) and his weight (116kg – 255 lbs) he can beat his limits.
I laughed most of the movie because of the way he described "torture" he needed to go throught to be able to run the whole race. His body was not fit at all, first day he ran 700 meters and almost dropped dead 😆 His family and friends laughed at him at the beginning but became a lot of support once they found out how serious he was about that. He was narator during movie, explaining in his own words and Belgrade slang, problems and funny situations he went through.
On a serious side, being in training more than a half of my life, I could relate to most of the problems he met. In our minds, there is a constant war between our strong and our weak side, one willing to fight and another who whispers to drop everything and take a rest. A loooong rest. Devilish voice who make us think it would be easier not to fight and to try to find and easier way. That constant battle shows who we really are. Thinking process that changes when things become serious. And painful.
I remember Mladen when we practiced kendo… so many years ago 😀 He never accomplished much but the way he practiced was different than in most of people I met before and after. He gave his heart to the last beat in every training, proving that mind is stronger than body.
At the beginning of a movie he said: "At movie academy, my professors said I have a talent but that I will never accomplish much because of a bad temper I have."
I disagree. With that race he accomplished a lot. To start with self respect. With this movie he made a day of most of the people much brighter. An inspiration for a days that are about to come. And respect.
Another Belgrade Marathon started 30 minutes ago. About 20000 people will fight their own battle with 42km path. Some will fail and some will win. But they all tried and this is what really matters :up: