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Normal is So Overrated

August 15, 2011

One of the most powerful scenes in the movie “Soul Surfer” occurs when the Bethany Hamilton character is on her bed, deeply upset because she has just discovered the many inadequacies of the prosthetic arm she had anticipated wearing. She tells her mom that she had thought that at least with clothes on she could look “normal.” Her mother responds with the wonderful words, “Normal is so overrated.” Bethany replies that “normal” is important for guys, and asks her mother what guy could ever be interested in her romantically now that she has only one arm. Her mom says that the right guy will come along and love her for exactly the way she is. When Bethany still expresses doubts, her mom goes to their computer and brings up an image of the Venus de Milo and says, “For centuries all over the world she was considered the pinnacle of beauty, and she has one less arm than you.”

Here is the first part of this scene:

In an interview, the real-life Bethany said these profound words: “Life’s not about having all your limbs, or having everything ‘perfect.’ Life’s not ‘perfect,’ but through our imperfections is where we can bring beauty and good stuff out of life, and glorify God through what we overcome.” I’m reminded of Leonard Cohen’s words:
Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.

Below Bethany Hamilton engages several young women in an insightful discussion on body image:

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