You know the genre of movie. A horse who has lived a challenging and difficult life thus far meets her human parallel, an individual who is also experiencing the trials life can throw at us with no visible way forward. Perhaps the horse was injured and will never again be the same, nor will she be able to race at the same level as before. Maybe the owner is experiencing a devastating financial crisis which has the potential to be crippling on a number of levels. Or possibly, the horse simply does not have the temperament to be trained in the art of racing--she is too undisciplined. Perhaps her trainer is dealing with the demons of anti-authority behavior or has been too hard-headed to hold onto a job.
Their lives cross. There's an understanding that develops--they grow to respect each other in a way that results in a touching bond between them. They are both energized as they work toward a common goal, focused, gaining confidence every day. The big day of the race is upon them. They are significant underdogs--the odds, the betting, all show little or no trust on the part of the experts in their ability to place.
The race begins--suddenly, a slip, a fall, a mistake that puts her behind the rest. What chance can there possibly be? Is now the time to give up? No! The character that has been developed day by day, trial by trial will not let it happen. With a steely focus and bold courage, she recovers her footing and is off. At first it seems to the onlookers like nothing more than a noble attempt. And then, she catches up to one, then another, and another. Soon, it's the homestretch and she is neck and neck with the leader--who will have the final burst of energy to make the final push across the finish line? Yes! The triumph of the downtrodden, of the despised. Victory is sweeter than can be imagined.
Will Sarah enter the race? No one knows, perhaps not even her. If she does, it will likely be at a low point in the polls. She will have been written off by the pundits, the experts. They will say she has no chance to make up the difference--the others are too far ahead. But, among her strengths is one that people do not realize she has and that is a sense of the pulse of regular people. If she jumps in, she will play to her strengths, meeting the throngs, giving speeches, shaking hands, smiling, joking, building relationships.
We've not heard as much from Sarah in the past few weeks as before. Perhaps no one is less concerned about her showing in the polls than she is. Why? Because she knows that Americans love a come-from-behind story, they want to be part of history. And if she has done the right behind-the-scenes preparation, she can begin to surpass expectations from the outset. If she plays the script correctly, the big news daily and weekly will be how she is making up ground in the polls bit by bit, whether she can catch the next candidate, and the next.
Will the race turn out to be reality? Time will tell.
Are all movies fiction? Not "Dreamer".