One of the most interesting movies I have ever watched was Forrest Gump, a story built around a person who was not considered of normal intelligence, but powerful and decided. An ordinary man that most people would discard. He did not plan things, he just did them, because he could. He just happened to be there at the time – in the moment. It was like another part of him just took over and guided him.
He showed love through actions. Things worked out for him and he received the most amazing things. One interesting thing about his character is that you never knew what he was going to do or end up next, but people drew close to him and followed him. He lived his life spontaneously and free. Perhaps thanks to his mother who supported him and made him believe he could do anything.
Why do I talk about Forrest Gump as if he was a real, existing person? This character touched me in a deep place within and the thing is, his way of living is not extreme or impossible. There are so many characters in this world that can be likened to Forrest Gump, who do not just think about what is good for them, they do things because they care, out of love. They are not interested in award or recognition; they have not even had that thought.
Forrest Gump had flow, because he allowed himself to be what he was, a generous, giving soul. His character inspired me; I can recognise some of myself in him. Much of my life I have just gone with the flow and done things because I wanted to do them, it has FELT right. It is good to walk through life without expectation and just allowing yourself the freedom to be. That is true freedom. I hope I can give myself more of that – the freedom to be myself.
That film touched me and in an unconscious way Forrest Gump became a role model for me. He shared his ideas and knowledge to give something to others that they perhaps could not give themselves. Forrest Gump never demanded anything in return, he just gave, and at the end of the day everything he needed came to him.
It makes me wonder, why do us humans complicate things so much? We let things impede us, so many ifs and buts… I try to remember him when I go into this place where I do not always see what life has to offer, and sometimes it actually helps me see what is there.
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get