The other day while flipping channels, I came across one of my all-time favorite movies, Forrest Gump. I’ve seen it
a gazillion numerous times. And no, I’ve never read the book for which the movie is based for fear it would *air quotes* taint *air quotes* my endearment for the film.
Anyway, using the movie as an excuse not to write (don’t judge me), I snuggled down in the comfort of my bed for the next several hours losing myself in the world of Forrest and his adventures, laughing and crying all the way.
Afterwards, I thought about the reasons why I loved the movie so much. I mean, was it the way Forrest is placed into various historical events over several decades and, in some instances, unwittingly influences the outcomes of the events? I mean, Nixon and the Watergate one makes me howl with laughter every time. Could it be his heroic stance in the Vietnam War where, in his effort to save his friend, Bubba’s life, he pulls most of the men from his platoon to safety without regard to his own life? Or is it the way Forrest earnestly narrates his life’s story on a public bench to a rotating line-up of waiting bus patrons? Maybe it’s his undying devotion and love for Jenny?
It could be the combination of all those things but deep down it’s my admiration for Forrest. As a child, he was characterized as having lesser intelligence than what most people are suppose to have. Yeah, right. He had more sense than most of the individuals he encountered and probably accomplished more things than many of the people who called him an idiot.
See, sometimes people tend to judge a book by its cover. I think we see that happen a lot…I think we may have even been guilty of it ourselves. You know what I mean. People see someone who’s different, not quite like themselves and they automatically assume that person is not up to par. That they’re not somehow worthy of their time but only of their prejudice.
I don’t think people actually believe themselves to be perfect. (Ok, I’m sure there are a few out there who do.) I think they’re scared of their own flaws and differences. So it’s easier to point out what’s wrong with others before any of their so-called disparities are found out.
Forrest Gump is just a movie but it’s a great story that makes us step outside of our self-made boxes and take a look at how we view other people who aren’t quite like us. And, yes, people are different but it’s the way they’re judged for them that makes it astonishing. We never know what person we encounter will teach us a life-lesson or give us inspiration.
Is there a book or movie that is near and dear to your heart that made you think outside of your box? Or perhaps one that left you with a lasting lesson?