“Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.” ~ George Sand
You cannot be alive today and not heard these words or seen them printed somewhere after the screening of the mega block-busting Black Panther movie. And I admit, I actually haven’t written any thoughts on the film here but that’s because my plan to see it again (and really see it with different eyes this time around) has not materialised.
However, I can tell you that the evening after my first viewing found me totally and absolutely amazed at the costumes, the acting, the set designs, the plot, the actors, the imaginative technological possibilities for the future, the significance of this type of production for ‘such a time as this’ aka every visual nuance and spoken word affected me in a profound way.
Today though, I wanted to share an interesting story about defying the odds so let me introduce you to Miss Dorothy Steel, a 92 year old African American woman who started acting at the young age of 88 and who was successfully selected to play the role of a merchant tribal leader in the Black Panther. Did you note the numbers? And yes is just a number but these are some unbelievably inspirational numbers for sure!
You can read more about Ms Steel here and here and here too, but let’s take a closer look at her character via this clip I came across featuring Steve Harvey. Get ready for the laughs, the goosebumps and even tears. Then prepare to take that big jump straight out into your life – because it’s there waiting.
And as Miss Dorothy says to Steve Harvey: “Don’t procrastinate! Prognasticate!”
End note: Did you know there was even a word such as “prognasticate”? What is your #Wakanda today? Do you think you’re too old to take that leap of faith? Let’s start a conversation.