So...I watched the third Batman movie yesterday. Oh. My. Goodness.
It was easily my favorite of The Dark Knight trilogy. (Did you know that it's The Dark Knight trilogy, not the Batman trilogy? I learned that yesterday.) The other two were good. Incredible, even. And as much as I love Inception, Christopher Nolan outdid himself this time. I even enjoyed watching Anne Hathaway, which doesn't happen very often. (Sorry, Anne Hathaway.)
The reason I loved the movie so much wasn't because of incredible filming--although that was part of it--or that there were amazing actors--which there were--but because it was so inspirational. Don't believe me? Here's one of my favorite lines from the movie.
"A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended." --Batman
I mean, the whole movie is about ordinary people who make a huge difference in saving thousands, even millions, of lives. There's nothing particularly special about Batman. He's just like you and me. (Well, except for the money. And the cars. And...okay, so maybe he's not exactly like you and me.) But sometimes, he messed up. He fell. From which came another one of my favorite lines:
"Why do we fall, son? So we can learn to pick ourselves up." --Thomas Wayne
One of my favorite parts in the third movie was (spoiler alert) when Batman is trying to climb out of the pit. The men are chanting, "Deshi basara! Deshi basara!", and you think that they want to see him fail. Rather, you discover that the chant actually means, "Rise! Rise!"
How many times have you fallen into your own personal pit? How many times have you been in such despair that you think you'll never be able to make the jump and find your world again? When you find yourself in a pit, remember the words of President Gordon B. Hinckley.
"You did not come into the world to fail. You came into the world to succeed. You have accomplished much so far. It is only the beginning. As you move forward on the trail of life, keep the banner of faith in self ever before you. You may not be a genius. You may not be exceptionally smart. But you can be good, and you can try. And you will be amazed at what might happen when in faith you take a step forward."
There are so many challenges in this world. There are so many pits for us to fall into. It will never be easy to rise out of these pits. But it's possible. There are people around you, cheering for you, and they want you to succeed. I love this video of the 2012 Mutual theme song, Arise:
For me, The Dark Knight Rises was so much more than the last movie in the trilogy. It was a reminder that no matter how far I fall, I can always rise.
Arise and bring in the new day. :)