Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies of all time. (My husband, on the other hand, dreads scrolling through the cable menu for fear that I will see it listed and want to watch it again.)
Of course I love the part where Matt Damon tells off a pretentious, smarty-pants rival in a bar, but the overall theme of film is what really thrills me. A societal has-not possesses the ability to solve complex mathematical problems that some of the smartest haves cannot, yet struggles with whether or not to actually use his gifts.
The one thing that saddens me about the movie, though, is that in truth all of the characters have potential, not just Matt Damon. Maybe they aren’t all math geniuses, but they all have something special to offer the world. When friend Ben Affleck challenges Damon saying, “…you don’t owe it to yourself man, you owe it to me.” I couldn’t help but wonder if Affleck’s character would ever have someone to say the same thing to him, to challenge him and push him toward his full potential.
We all need a push from time to time because it’s so easy to become complacent and stuck our familiar routines. Who pushes you toward greatness? And when is the last time you thanked him or her?