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Life is like a game of football, one play might put you up a few yards but the next might bring you further back than your original position. As we go through the motions of life we do not know what the outcome of any of our decisions are going to be so we try to choose wisely. Leigh Ann Tuohy did not wake up one morning knowing that she was going to see a young African American boy in the rain that night. She did not know that those next few seconds were going to change that boy’s life, and her life, forever. The Blind Side not only takes us through their journey together, but also shows us the impact that our actions can have on others.

Michael Oher was born to a drug addict mother, and spent his adolescence fighting his way through the projects. At the age of seven he was placed in foster care and jumped from house to house until he started living on a friend’s couch in high school. Tony Henderson, the owner of the couch, enrolled his own son and Michael at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis and that is when everything changed. Leigh Ann and her husband, Sean, opened their home to Michael in 2004, and began providing him with basic necessities and even a tutor to help with schoolwork. They did not do it because someone told them to, they did it because they saw someone in need and knew that they had to help in one way or another. Although many people criticized Leigh Ann and her decision, she stuck with it because she saw something in this young man that others did not. She saw his unlimited amount of kindness, determination, intelligence, and willingness to protect others when everyone else found it hard to see past his appearance. The Tuohy’s changed Michael’s life forever because if they would not have approached him when they did then there is no way to know where he would be today or if he would even be alive.

The Blind Side does more than just help you pass the time, it teaches you lessons that you thought you already knew. Everyone is taught to treat others the way they would want to be treated, that karma makes its way around, and not to “judge a book by its cover.” It is different when you actually see how those lessons play out. Michael had a hard life but he never took it out on others and karma made its way around to bless him and then some. Leigh Ann put appearance aside and saw the endless possibilities for Michael. I think sometimes it is hard to remember how much you actually have until you come in contact with someone less fortunate. It is important for our generation to watch this movie because, in a way, we are so used to having everything we need in front of us whenever we want it. We get frustrated for not having the most recent iPhone and forget that there are people in this world without homes or food. Most have lost sight of how blessed they truly are and I feel like this movie will open their eyes again. Not only did Michael have to deal with the lack of necessities, but he also had to deal with the lack of faith people had in him. Instead of lacking faith we should strive to be the ones who see the promise in others. Much like Leigh Ann, we should try to extend a helping hand whenever we can and realize that those less fortunate still deserve a chance to achieve their dreams.

After watching this movie for the first time I felt as if every one of my decisions not only affected me, but everyone around me as well. It helped show me that most of the time my choices are not just for my benefit, but for my loved ones as well. It highlighted those most important in my life and the fact that I would always do whatever I had to in order to protect them. Ultimately The Blind Side showed the importance of support and how much we can achieve as a team. Watching this film can help people realize what they really have to offer to the world, providing a sense of strength to always push forward in the toughest situations, and to always help others along the way. Let’s start helping each other protect our blind sides instead of taking the hit.

 

 

 

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