The world will never be the same once you’ve seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic comedy-drama film released in the US on July 6, 1994, 20 years ago. The film won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis, Best Actor for Tom Hanks among others.
While waiting at a bus stop at Savannah, Georgia in 1981, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) begins telling his life story to strangers who sit next to him on the bench.
¨You’ll Never Know What You’re Capable Of If You Don’t Try¨
His story begins with the leg braces he had to wear as a child in the 1950s, and as a result other children bullied him. His only childhood friend famously advised him to “run, Forrest, run!” when they began picking on him. He broke free of his braces and later enjoyed a successful career as a college athlete.Then he ran across the country for three years, but that’s another lesson you can find below. Always try. You may surprise yourself.
¨Stupid is as stupid does¨
It means that an intelligent person who does stupid things is still stupid. You are what you do. He lives with his mother (Sally Field), who tells him that “stupid is as stupid does.” His mother runs a rooming house and Forrest teaches one of their guests, a young Elvis Presley, a hip-swinging dance.
“There’s only so much fortune a man really needs and the rest is just for showing off”
¨You have to do the best with what God gave you¨
Mrs. Gump: You have to do the best with what God gave you. The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company becomes a huge success due to the elimination of competition. Forrest leaves the company in the hands of Dan, who invests their wealth in shares of a “fruit company” (Apple Computer), making them both millionaires. Forrest gives Bubba’s mother a sizable check, causing her to faint, then to retire from her low-paying domestic job. From the outside, that must have looked foolish, but he didn’t care: He was always true to himself. Do What You Love, No Matter What.
Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get
¨Dying is a part of life¨
“Momma always said dyin’ was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t. Little Forrest, he’s doing just fine. About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He’s really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He’s so smart, Jenny. You’d be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can’t read it. I’m not supposed to, so I’ll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don’t know if Momma was right or if, if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there’s anything you need, I won’t be far away.”