Cerita di film ini based on true story.. There is one girl named Bethany Hamilton who lived in Hawaii since child.. Many people said she was born to become a surfer.. Bakat alami yang tidak semua orang punya.. Seluruh keluarganya juga merupakan orang-orang yang pintar surfer.. Dalam usianya yang masih sangat muda (13 tahun), Bethany sudah menjadi juara dalam beberapa kompetisi di Hawaii.. She has 1 best friend : Alana.. One day, Bethany and Alana, decided to join a national competition.. Ripcurl (Sport Brand, I believe all of u know this brand already) want to sponsor both of them.. They were really happy and their family so proud of them as well.. Bethany tumbuh dalam keluarga Kristen yang baik.. Tiap minggu mereka sekeluarga ke gereja.. She has 2 elder brother as well.. They were so close and support each other.. Seminggu sekali, Bethan y, her brothers, Alana, and their friends garthered in one house to share something (seperti komsel atau Connect Group).. Carrie Underwood merupakan pemimpin dari kelompok sel ini.. She said 'Sometimes if u see things too close, it's hard to make sense of things.. So if you're dealing with things that's too hard to handle now, get a new perspective..
** Jeremiah 29:11 : "For I know the plans that I've made for you, says the Lord. Plans to proseper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."
Next, untuk mempersiapkan diri dalam menghadapi kompetisi national tersebut, Bethany, Alana & her father also brother, went practiced in 1 place.. Everything's great in the beginning, the waves, the weather, everything.. Suddenly, when Bethany talked to Alana, a shark just attacked her arm..!!!! Alana langsung teriak minta tolong dan dengan segera papa dan kakaknya datang lalu menelpon 911.. Bethany pada saat itu sudah setengah sadar dan kehilangan banyak darah sambil berkata, ' I want my mom'.. The hospital called her family, dan mamanya yg menerima telpon itu langsung pergi ke rumah sakit.. Bethany's father sedang menjalani operasi di rumah sakit yang sama pada waktu itu.. When he heard the nurse said there's young girl got bitten by a shark.. He ask the doctor worriedly, 'Who is it? Who is it?' The doctor didn't answer at first.. After few moment, he said sadly : it's Bethany..
Setelah tidak sadarkan diri untuk beberapa waktu since she lost about 60% of her blood, Bethany akhirnya pelan-pelan membuka matanya kembali.. Her right hand wanna grab her left hand, but she realized it was gone.. Her family was there gathered in her room said, 'It's ok.. and smile..The doctor then came, talked to her parents and said, She's a living miracle.. Thank you,'her father said :)
At 1 night, she woke up and saw her dad.. Her dad was reading bible at that time.. Then her dad came and sat beside her.. Bethany asked her dad.. 'When can I surf again? Her dad answer, 'Soon'... Lalu Bethany kembali bertanya, How do you know, dad? He smiled and answered ,'Because you can do all things through Him that give you strength'.. Sebagai seorang ayah, saya percaya hatinya pasti sedih sekali melihat anaknya dalam kondisi seperti itu.. Tp ayahnya masih percaya bahwa dengan Tuhan, anaknya pasti bisa bangkit lg.. Dengan imannya dia percaya.. And I know it gave strength to Bethany..
When she came back to her house, many reporters and media were waiting for her.. Mereka semua berkumpul di rumah Bethany untuk mewawancarainya.. She was quite shocked, but her father and brothers protected her.. After she's out from the car, her dad asked his wife, "What should we do now? His wife answered, ' You remember when our first child born.. We had no clue what to do as well.. We will take it day by day.. Istrinya benar2 menjadi seorang penolong dan penguat.. That's why God creates woman, right?
After few days, Bethany came to her CG's leader house.. Carrie menyambut dan memeluknya sambil berkata 'I pray for you all the times.. How have you been? Bethany was smiling at first, telling her everyhting was fine.. Until Carrie said : 'You don't have to do that to me,Bethany'.. She couldn't hold her tears again and said : You know how you said it's hard to see things clearly sometimes when you are too close? Well, I've been trying to get some perspective. I've been really trying.. Sambil menangis terisak dia melanjutkan : Carrie, how can this be God's plan for me? I don't udnerstand.. With crying also, Carrie answered.. 'I don't know why terrible things happen to us sometimes.. But I do believe that something good is going to come out of this..'
Setelah berpikir cukup lama, Bethany datang kepada ayahnya dan berkata, I want to surf again.. He replied,' It's not gonna be easy'.. She answered confidently, " I don't need easy, I just need possible.. Dapat diliat di film tersebut bagaimana Bethany berlatih surfer hanya dengan menggunakan 1 tangan.. Bagaimana dia berlatih untuk berenang, untuk menjaga keseimbangan, untuk dapat berdiri di papan selancar.. Semuanya hanya dengan 1 tangan.. Kakak2nya selalu berada disampingnya membantu dan memberi semangat.. Come on Bethany! Let's go! You can do it! Then, she joint 1 small competition.. Her best friend quite surprised and asked her, 'Aren't u afraid? She replied, ' It's now or never.. I'm more afraid if I can't surf again'.. (She's more afraid if she could't achieve her dream than the water)
Unfortunately, she lost, angry to herself, and gave up.. Her father said,' That's ok honey, let's try again later'.. But she said,' Enough dad, I can't do this anymore'.. Her dad said again,'Yes honey, of course you can, don't give up.. But Bethany said,' No, it's totally over this time and ran to her room..
Her mother came to her room and said,' It's ok if you don't want to surf again, just say it loud.. -Bethany : I thought I still can look normal..
-Mom : Normal is so overrated
-Bethany : But people like normal,Mom.
-Mom : Who?
-Bethany : Guys do. Who even like me with this? (with looking at her hand that's gone already)
-Her mom : The right guy will love you exactly the way you are.. You're beautiful..
-Bethany : How do you know?
-Mom : Because I know.. Lalu ibunya menunjukkan dia gambar sebuah patung, yang sama sekali tidak mempunyai tangan (it's called Venus de Milo) sambil berkata, 'For centuries, all over the world, she was considered as the pinnacle of beauty and she even has 1 less arms than you.. So do you dear, you have a natural beauty..
Ketika bethany sedang duduk sendiri, her father came sitting beside her.. Bethany asked him : 'I don't understand. What happened to "I can do all things"? Why?.. Why did this happen? Why did I have to lose everything?
- Her dad : You did not lose everything, Bethany. Not even close. The shark didn't kill you. You're still here. You're still alive. With a family that loves you.
- Bethany : What am I suppose to do now?
- Dad : I don't know
- Bethany : Then how am I supposed to know?
- Dad : When the time is right, you will know. Until then, you pray. And listen, for what comes next..
Akhirnya Bethany memutuskan untuk istirahat sementara dalam dunia surfer..
Dia memutuskan untuk ikut suatu misionary yang membantu korban bencana alam di Thailand, yang juga diikuti oleh Carrie karena mereka tergabung dalam gereja yang sama juga.. In Thailand, Bethany saw many people cried.. They lost their family because of the tsunami.. Salah 1 orang di Thailand bercerita bahwa hari itu terlihat seperti hari normal biasa, namun tiba-tiba ada gelombang besar terjadi dan seketika itu hilanglah semuanya.. Melihat dan mendengar semua itu, tiba2 Bethany menangis juga.. (Di kehidupan ini, jangan menganggap bahwa masalahmu itu merupakan masalah terbesar, banyak orang lain yg memiliki masalah yang jauh lebih besar dari yang kamu punya.. Oleh karena itu, tetaplah bersyukur) Carrie lalu mendatanginya sambil berkata,' Compassion to others can make you do amazing things. And it can help you get a new perspective. Why don't you take a minute, calm yourself first, go, then came back when you ready'..
When she came back, there's one small boy that lost his parents.. Carrie said that he didn't talk and smile at all after the incident.. Knowing that, Bethany mencoba bertanya pada anak itu.. Do you like swimming? Do you wanna jump into water? Anak tersebut berlari menjauhinya.. Lalu bethany mengambil sebuah papan surf yang dibuat bermain oleh anak2 lain sambil membujuk anak laki2 tersebut.. Come come.. After he came closer and closer, she taught him how to surf and played with the water.. And surprisingly, he smiled.. Then all of sudden, many people came close to that beach to saw Bethany..
She said like this before she went home to Hawaii : They say the Lord works in mysterious ways. I say that's an understatement. Who would have thought that teaching a kid to surf would teach me that surfing is not the most important thing in the world? It's LOVE.. Bigger than any tidal wave. More powerful than any fear..
After arrived in Hawaii, she came to her dad again and said,' I want to try again.. I wanna compete'.. Her father smiled happily and said : I will support u always.. She started again.. Everything from zero..Back to basic.. Her fans around the world support her also.. They sent email to her house and it gave her strength.. When she joint Ripcurl National Competition, she was lost again.. But she said this to his dad : 'That's fine dad. It still count for me. I have tried my best'.. She was happy when she knew that she gave positive impact to people's life.. Until this time, she became a proffesional surfer, dominate many national competitions, won a Teen Choice Award from several category, and still she came back again to Thailand to help people there..
Setelah kompetitsi itu akhirnya selesai, banyak sekali orang yang datang untuk mewawancarainya. Ada 1 orang yang bertanya seperti ini : 'If you could go back to that day and not have gone surfing, would you do it? She answered calmy : 'I wouldn't change what happened to me, because then I wouldn't have this chance in front of all of you. This chance to embrace more people than I ever could have with 2 arms'
Di akhir film ini, kalian bisa melihat Bethany Hamilton secara asli.. Pada saat menerima Teen Choice "Courage Award", she gave speech like this : 'I think I got my courage from Jesus Christ. He says, "Be strong"..
13 years old girl could overcome all those difficulties? What a remarkable person she is!
My friend, there's always a good reason behind everything that happened to us. Be grateful with your life in every condition..Treasure this world! Saya percaya pasti ada alasan yg dapat membuat kita bersyukur, paling tidak pasti ada 1 alasan yg dapat membuat kita berkata : Terima kasih Tuhan.. I hope this story can inspire you, watch the movie if you have time.. Or maybe you can browsing about her and read her inspirational story..
Last but not least, wanna say : Happy Birthday to my beloved city, Surabaya.. Semoga dapat menjadi suatu kota yang lebih berkembang lagi dari waktu ke waktu.. All the best for Surabaya..
Semuanya yuk sama2 berdoa buat Surabaya ya, agar dapat jd kota yg lebih baik lagi dalam seluruh segi.. Pray for our city, ok!! :D Surabaya for His Glory :)
## " I have learned that life is a lot like surfing. When you get caught in impact zone, you need to get right back up, because you never know what's over the next wave. And if you have faith, anything is possible. ANYTHING AT ALL " - Bethany Hamilton
## "I know that sometimes there is a problem that can give u so much pressure.. And sometimes it seems there's no way out.. But I believe if you have 1 thing, you will survive no matter what happen.. That thing is called FAITH.."