I usually like to watch or read something before I review it so don’t consider this a ‘review’ but more of a “check it out” post on a movie called, “Come Hell or High Water,” its connection to Autism, and a father’s story about a son who changed as a result of the video.
Confession- I love brands and marketing. I loved studying about companies during my MBA and that continued when I left school. Now, I have a ‘brand’ confession to make, I love Patagonia. Raising three kids, two with autism, leaves little in expendable income so I don’t buy anything from Patagonia but the brand is simply awesome. The company has great product, does everything they can to lead the way in saving our environment, and has an awesome corporate culture. I mean, what company lets their employees have ‘surf breaks.’ SERIOUSLY ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?
If you want to read a great book about “falling backwards” into creating a business and trying to do what is right – read Let My People Go Surfing. If you want to hear a great podcast from their CEO – here it is! If you want to receive an awesome print catalog with amazing pictures and stories, subscribe to receive Patagonia’s mail catalogs.
Now, if you want a story about the ocean and autism – check out this post from Patagonia’s Blog, “The Cleanest Line.” The post is written by a father who grew up loving the ocean and his story about how watching the movie, “Come Hell or High Water” transformed his autistic son from deathly afraid of water to loving the water.
The movie is a documentary about bodysurfing, it’s evolution, and it’s connection to nature. In digging a little more on the movie, I found out there is a story in the movie about a father and son ~ the son being autistic and how the ocean has become his paradise. I did a post earlier on Clay Marzo – a professional surfer with asbergers who was featured on ESPN among other news outlets – and this movie seems to have a similar story.
This is from a review on tumblr.com:
“The spirituality of all surf sports echoes in one scene, between a father and his son. As the young boy twists and turns in the ocean’s current, he is surrounded by its simple, natural movement and sound. He is nowhere and yet in the most powerful element on earth, using it as a healing source for his autism.”
Now imagine Beau King, a young autistic boy, who struggles through life with (autistic symptoms) constantly in tow, look directly at the camera, his body being pushed through the water by the waves, and smile. And play. And be completely in a world where autism can never exist. Life in the water is inevitably different. It is of the earth at its utmost yet it is nothing that we, as human beings, realize the earth to be. As much as we try to manipulate what life throws at us, either it be nature or the environment or even an illness, we can never understand as the earth and its elements understand. We can never harness, no matter how advanced our technology and our medicine, the feeling an autistic boy feels as he is being swept away by the sea, no other noises or feelings to bother him and nothing to overwhelm him. Just nature in its purest form. He feels the most reassured he might ever feel because his father gave him the opportunity to touch the sea and experience the world.
All harnessed by a love of bodysurfing.” – http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/come-hell-or-high-water
Another confession – I was one of the few blessed individuals that can say, “I grew up on Maui” and I absolutely love and miss the beach. I watched this past summer as my boys took to the beach, daughter picked up surfing, and everything seemed to go well . . . . . except for Twin B’s experience wiping out in the kayak. There is something special about the ocean and I’m excited to see this movie. Enjoy ~