February 14, 2017 | 3:24 pm | By Pants Up Easy
Forrest Gump, one of the most successful and entertaining movies, depicts the story of man
with a positive attitude, and qualities we all must possess. It’s the tale of an ordinary man who lives his extraordinary life on his own terms. It covers several years of Gump’s life, who is a kind-hearted, athletically prodigious and a good man. He goes on to influence several lives with his behavior.
Unlike most movies set in the 40s and covering war, this one doesn’t turn preachy or into a history lesson. Instead, it focuses on Gump’s journey and highlights his trials and tribulations. The best part? It also shows how he overcomes his troubles.
Without much ado, let’s have a look at five lessons we can learn from this Oscar winner:
Forrest Gump isn’t hesitant to express his care to others. He isn’t reluctant to love wholeheartedly, from the core. He’s not scared of getting harmed, neither does he think of hurting people who hurt him. He simply loves in the most simplest way.
He teaches us how to love without expecting much in return. Love is all about giving!
Lieutenant Dan knew he was going to die on the battlefield and ordered Forrest to run and save his life, yet Forrest wasn’t going to give that a chance to happen. When such a situation arises, your heart might pull you in one direction, while people instruct you to go the opposite direction. Under such circumstances where you need to make a decision and choose one among the two, always trust your gut instinct. It might help you in your life.
One of the most heart wrenching moments in the film was when Jenny rejects Forrest’s marriage proposal, just because she finds him dumb. This hurt Forrest to the core, but he displays sheer intelligence and kindness by saying “I am not a smart man but I know what love is.”
Always think before you talk. Words have the capability to inflict a wound in the deepest places, and such scars are hard to heal.
Forrest always treated everyone with the same level of love and respect, regardless of their position, age, abilities or gender. According to Forrest, a man’s a man regardless of the status he has.
As Forrest acquired a fortune, he gave his friend Bubba’s share of the shrimping business to Bubba’s family. Forrest’s thoughts were:
“Momma said there’s only so much fortune a man really needs and the rest is just for showing off. So, I gave a whole bunch of it to the Foursquare Gospel Church and I gave a whole bunch to the Bayou La Batre Fishing Hospital. And even though Bubba was dead, and Lieutenant Dan said I was nuts, I gave Bubba’s momma Bubba’s share. And you know what? She didn’t have to work in nobody’s kitchen no more.”
Being generous helps. It makes you a better person and gives you a calm. Be a giver, and never steal someone’s rightful share.
Forrest Gump was a man of his words, most generous and loving who got everyone teary eyed with his simplicity. Such simplicity is what is needed in the real world. Watch this movie, enjoy it and also take back these five amazing life lessons.