Lowlife rodeo hanger-on Ron Woodroof is diagnosed with HIV in 1985. Through his search for effective treatment he becomes an entrepreneur, setting up the "Dallas Buyers Club." In the process he adds seven years onto the amount given by the medical establishment, helps others, and develops a sense of self.
Some claim this film is about resilience. I don't agree. I see in this true story the old American theme of the redemptive power of hard work. Way back to Puritan times, when folks got themselves into a pickle, they were told to get busy and work hard.
This lesson is very timely for us Baby Boomers who may be riding a roller coaster staying in the workforce. When I was at bottoms in restoring my once-lucrative business, I would grab a job, any job. That would get me busy, working. Soon enough I put together the marketing plan which brought in new business for my communications boutique.