If you’ve never seen the movie “Act of Valor” you’re missing out. Well, maybe. My wife would say that the dialogue in the beginning is obviously scripted, forced, and sounds unnatural. I agree, but they’re SEALs, and they sound just like Marines trying to act: shitty. After the “shit gets real” everything clicks, and acting and dialogue sound like the should, which is what they’d sound like in reality.
Anyways, at the very end, after a character dies, a letter to the dead character’s son is narrated by one of the members of the SEAL Team. The original poem by Tecumseh is a bit longer; and while all of the bits are important, I believe AoV made a very powerful bit of inspiration with its excerpt, listed below. I think this, combined with “Invictus” are the two most powerful sources of written inspiration I’ve had the privilege to read.
“Live Your Life” excerpts
So live your life that the fear of death never enters your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
“I am the Master of my fate; I am the Captain of my soul.”