Donald V. Watkins
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Updated: Sep 6, 2022
By Donald V. Watkins
©Copyrighted and Published on January 30, 2019
“Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” is a DreamWorks animated movie that follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed American frontier. Encountering man for the first time, Spirit defies being broken, even as he develops a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave. The courageous young stallion also finds love with a beautiful paint mare named Rain on his way to becoming one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Old West.
The movie was released on May 24, 2002 and has made more than $122 million at the box-office. The featured song is, "Here I Am."
My daughter Claudia was 7-years-old when Spirit hit the theaters. Claudia and I watched this movie dozens of times. I wanted her to fully understand that we live in a world where the free spirit of good people is often broken like the domesticated horses in the movie. I preached to Claudia how extremely important it was that she never allow anyone to break her free spirit. I repeated this message every time we watched Spirit.
By the time Claudia was 12, I could tell she understood the importance of maintaining and enjoying her free spirit. I told Claudia to never change who she was so that people would like her. If she stayed true to herself, the right people would love her.
I am proud to say that Claudia and her four brothers have an unbroken free spirit today, as do their mothers and father. This state of being makes the trip through life an enjoyable experience, even when it is raining and storming in our lives.
Without rain, nothing grows. This is why we must learn to embrace the storms in our lives and navigate a course around or through them.
Meanwhile, I highly recommend that my readers watch “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” It will make a big difference in how you view your own life.
PHOTO: Movie Poster for “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.”