Happy Saturday, and Happy Easter weekend! We painted our eggs yesterday and all ready to go for the bunny's big day tomorrow. Spring is definitely in the air.
Thanks so much for stopping by during this busy month of never-ending blogs! My theme for the month is characters A-Z, and for today, April 7, 2012 ...
G is for ....
Is there anyone out there who doesn't like Forrest Gump? What a character! I have to watch this movie every couple of years. Besides the uber amazing soundtrack, following along Forrest's journey is just plain heartwarming. Simple-minded, yet pure of heart, Forrest Gump was focused on one thing, one goal: Jenny. That was it. Everything else that fell his way, were simply obstacles--ones he overcame because even though he wasn't the smartest of guys, he was true to himself, and to what his mama taught him.
How do so many of us relate to a character like this, when most of us have much higher IQs? I'll tell you how--because everyone, no matter who, plays the fool at some time. We all have those moments, hours, days when we just feel stupid, or do something stupid ... and that's just part of life. No one is exempt. Watching Forrest Gump in action isn't about the audience laughing at a mentally-challenged guy--it's about seeing a small part of ourselves in someone who maybe got the short end of the stick, and cheering him on through life's obstacles.
That's what every main character should have us doing.
I leave you with a few of my Forrest Philosophies that I started writing down over the years:
1. Life is happier when we keep it simple
2. Have at least one goal in life--something to always strive for
3. No one has all the answers, so why pretend like we do?
4. Even a person with a low IQ knows the difference between right and wrong
5. The basics in life are what unite us all: love, hurt, loss, joy, friendship, hunger, thirst, procreation
6. And of course ... stupid is, as stupid does
That's all I've got so far, but maybe one day I'll have a book of them. ;)
I leave you with a clip of my fave scene from Forrest Gump:
That look on his face after the braces break away always gives me chills--it's the obstacles being overcome, the freedom from achievement ... the look of "I can do this."
Have a fabulous weekend and thanks again for adding my little blog here to your visits. Anything you want to share? I love your comments! Any thoughts on Forrest Gump, or do you have your own G character to mention?