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“Forrest Gump” Turns 18

By / 07.06.12

“The world will never be the same once you’ve seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump.”

Very few truer words have ever been spoken. Movies have never been my strongest suit mainly because I don’t sit watch a ton of them. The ones I have seen though, quite a few hold precedence because of the lessons embedded in them. Eighteen years ago today, Forrest Gump hit theaters nationwide. Not speaking for anyone else, but Gump’s silver-screen life remains iconic for a variety of reasons.

1. Gump saw people for who they are, not what they’re skin tone was. He was a White civil rights activist and wasn’t even aware.

2. Not only was he one of the greatest college football players of all time, he was one of the greatest soldiers of all time. He wasn’t too shabby at ping-pong either. Gump won in the triple crown of life.

3. Forrest was a stand up individual and there’s no other way to describe it. From taking care of Lt. Dan after he got his legs blown to smithereens, to staying true to his word to Bubba by keeping the shrimping business alive, to making sure Bubba’s family was financially stable after his death, F. Gump was a “real n*gga” in today’s lingo. I dare you to say otherwise.

4. His one detriment may have been running after Jenny too long, but love is love and it doesn’t always make sense. That goes back to the first point. Gump saw the good in Jenny the moment she let him sit beside her on the bus. Gump saved Jenny from her dad, guys who wanted her for the wrong reasons and the wrong crowd. The only thing he couldn’t save her from was life.

5. If Forrest Gump was a real person, he would not only be recognized as one of the top five humans to live in the 20th century. He would also have a full ride scholarship to heaven.

In all seriousness, the movie was a testament to life. My aunt once noted, “Forrest Gump would teach you about everything from discipline, to humbleness, to just how to approach the world in general. Never assume you’re God’s gift to the planet. The statement ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.’ is as true as anything I’ve heard in a long time.” And as the years have passed since, I’ve seen first hand the power of that one statement. Take the good with the bad, bad with the good and never try to get to high or too low.

Happy 18th birthday, Forrest. Forrest Gump.

H/T: UNT


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