The Super Secret To Endurance Hidden In A Tom Hanks’ Dialogue

Castaway (2000) is a movie based on survival and endurance, where Tom Hanks plays the role of a dedicated FedEx employee who loves his job and his life in Memphis, Tennessee. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the unexpected when the cargo plane he is on crashes leaving him stranded on an uninhabited island with no communication with humanity.

This dialogue is delivered during the last 10 minutes of the movie where he is speaking with a friend after returning to his city and finding out that the woman he loved was now married with kids to his dentist.

“We both had done the math.

Kelly added it all up and… knew she had to let me go. I added it up, and knew that I had… lost her.

‘cos I was never gonna get off that island. I was gonna die there, totally alone. I was gonna get sick, or get injured or something.

The only choice I had, the only thing I could control was when, and how, and where it was going to happen. So… I made a rope and I went up to the summit, to hang myself. I had to test it, you know? Of course. You know me. And the weight of the log, snapped the limb of the tree, so I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to.

I had power over nothing.

And that’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket.

I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive.


I had to keep breathing.

Even though there was no reason to hope.

And all my logic said that I would never see this place again. So that’s what I did.

I stayed alive.

I kept breathing.

And one day my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back. In Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass… And I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have Kelly. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island.

And I know what I have to do now.

I gotta keep breathing.

Because tomorrow the sun will rise.

Who knows what the tide could bring?

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