I keep thinking about resilience, focus, steadiness, strength.
Maybe it’s that I’m craving them all, wanting more of these things for myself.
Casting about for something to watch, I rediscovered Free Solo, the Oscar-winning documentary from a couple of years ago. I really loved this movie, watched it with a sellout crowd at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville, where we all held our breath for most of the movie. It was so fun to be with a big group of moviegoers—I miss our local theater so much these days! Beer! Tamales! Movies with subtitles!
Free Solo follows a rock climber, Alex Honnold, as he chases his dream of climbing Yosemite’s 3,200-foot El Capitan—without any safety equipment.
The trailer up top is only the tip of the mountain—this is as much a character study as the chronicle of an attempt to reach the top of a giant rock wall.
I don’t have a dream the size of El Capitan, but I did leave this movie reminded that the goal that seems the most difficult is not actually impossible. Which is useful to think about these days.
Seriously, that trailer is terrifying.
Free Solo is available on Hulu or to rent from several sources.