How “Wonder Woman” Inspired Me

A rare event happened this weekend. The stars aligned and a babysitter was available for my husband and I to have an evening away for just the two of us. For date night, I had one thing in mind: Wonder Woman. I was adamant on my choice; it was non-negotiable.

Before having our son, my husband and I would go see movies in the theater often. We love movies. And perhaps my husband loves the popcorn. These days, seeing a movie in theaters is a real luxury. In fact, it had been a good six months since I last saw a movie in the theaters. Another sad reality is that I really have no clue what movies are out in theaters at any given time. With the exception of Wonder Woman. You’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard the buzz surrounding the release of Wonder Woman. It’s been crushing the box office with it’s refreshing female led and directed perspective.

I am in no way a comic fanatic, but I do happen to enjoy the action films they often inspire. And Wonder Woman has been the best I’ve seen to date. Gal Gadot may be my new hero/girl crush. I’m not going to go into any kind of review of the movie; you need to get your butt to the theaters to see it!

What I do want to talk about is how inspiring I found it. Seriously. I never thought I could be inspired by a fictional Hollywood action film in any serious sense of the word. But I think its a combination of the story, and how it was created and represented. Watching the film, you definitely get the feeling that there is a different tone than other action films. It’s a female dominated story and it never loses sight of that.

Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) never backs down, even when standing in a room full of male military generals (the epitome of a traditional man’s world). Even when Steve tries to quiet her and keep her in the background, she refuses to be silenced. Without getting too political, I think the timing of this film couldn’t be better for feminism.

On top of being emotionally strong and confident in who she is, Diana and her Amazon tribe are bad-ass physical combat warriors. An aspect of this I found personally inspiring was hearing that Gal was five-months pregnant when doing re-shoot scenes, and doing all the action sequences like it’s no big deal.

Even more fascinating was listening to an interview of her explaining the dynamic on set. The traditional general role expectations were flipped. It was the men bringing the kids to visit their moms on set. The men were in the supportive partner role, while the women were working and kicking ass on screen.

I think it was just so refreshing for me to see women be such commanding forces. For me, it’s been easy to get lost in motherhood. A large part of my life is dedicated to chasing around a tiny human cleaning up after him and trying to raise him not to be an asshole. This has meant, putting other aspects of my life and who I am on the back burner –– one of importance being my health and wellness.

I’ve always been an active person, playing all types of sports when I was younger and continuing to be active into adulthood. In fact, I was hitting the gym 4-5 days a week when I was pregnant, and I felt great! My diet has never been a huge issue since I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 7 years old. I’ve grown up trying to eat the right foods and keeping junk food to a minimum.

But life with a toddler is crazy and I’ve let myself slip. At 30 years old, I just wasn’t feeling strong and confident. This is where watching Wonder Woman led to my awakening. Seeing these moms and women of all ages being physically strong and confident lit a fire under my butt to get in shape and be as healthy as I can. Getting a part of my life back on track can only lead to me being a better mom.

Thanks to Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and an entire cast of women who inspired me to find my strength again. I encourage all moms out there who may be feeling like an alternate version of themselves to find something that ups your confidence and returns a piece of you that may have gone dormant while wading through the rough waters of motherhood.

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