ARE YOU SAVING ANYTHING FOR THE SWIM BACK?

Vincent? How have you done any of this? We have to go back.

Vincent: It’s too late for that. We’re closer to the other side.

Anton: What other side? You wanna drown us both?

Vincent: You wanna know how I did it? This is how I did it Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back.

The lines you have just read and watched (go to 3:30 of the video) are from a scene of one my favourite ever films: “Gattaca“. A story with a very deep meaning that can be related easily to the life of anyone.

For whom has not yet seen this masterpiece here is a quick synopsis from google (NO spoiler): “Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically inferior “in-valid.” He decides to fight his fate by purchasing the genes of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), a laboratory-engineered “valid.” He assumes Jerome’s DNA identity and joins the Gattaca space program, where he falls in love with Irene (Uma Thurman). An investigation into the death of a Gattaca officer (Gore Vidal) complicates Vincent’s plans.”

Vincent and Anton are swimming for a challenge on who get tired first. Anton gets scared when he can’t see anymore the shore. Vincent, that is genetically inferior than Anton, keeps swimming and Anton is surprised of this. The science says that Anton is superior and DNA never lies, Vincent CAN’T win against Anton due to his inferior genetically nature. Anton asks to Vincent how he can do this (referring not only at the swimming contest but about his whole life chasing an impossible dream) and Vincent answers “I never saved anything for the swim back”.

This is for me one of the most powerful lines ever in the cinema history. From the first time I watched this movie I always had in my mind one question: “How much am I sacrificing? How much I’m risking? How much I’m keeping apart to have the chance to get out of my choices and back in my comfort zone?”

We all in life have to make decision, bet on something. The winning is related on that bet.

This question should be always in our mind in every important part of our lives. How much are we risking and betting on something we believe? Is it 100% or we keep some X% to get back to what we used to be? It would be sad that our goal is far just that X%.

Peter

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VINCENT FREEMAN – ETHAN HAWKE – GATTACA (1997)
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