The story of Harvey Milk is truly inspirational.
Back in 1977 Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in the United States. Eleven months into his first term on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, after passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated.
The election of Harvey Milk represented a big step forward for the gay rights movement and for the rights and freedoms of all individuals. In death he became an icon in San Francisco, a martyr in the gay community and symbol for courage and conviction.
I’m fascinated by Harvey Milk’s story. But what’s most inspirational to me is not so much what he did, but when he did it.
It was 1970 and in need of change and unsatisfied with his life, on his 40th birthday Milk made the decision to leave New York to move to San Francisco.
Yes, that means the movie based on his life takes place in the 8 years after his 40th birthday. The changes he’s made on the American political landscape are a result of a decision he made at 40 years old.
From insurance company employee to political icon in 8 years.
The courage to make that decision shows us all that 40 can be the beginning of life.
It proves to me that being a late bloomer at 40-years-old is a possibility when you find your special purpose.
This inspires me.