“Run forrest, run!”
What is the movie that pops into your head whenever you hear the word “motivation”? For me, it would definitely be Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump. This 1994′ movie, based on a novel of the same name, tells the life story of a man who has an IQ of 75 and is a little “slow”. However, this doesn’t prevent him from overcoming his obstacles, and instead, he experiences a series of epic adventures, including some historical events in the US.
Forrest Gump was a boy who knew that he was different than other kids at school, but he never felt bad for himself or needed anyone to console him, despite him being bullied. He may not have been the smartest but he showed a degree of courage and determination that we all look up to.
With encouragement from his loving mother and his best friend Jenny, he lived a life full of love and hope in his heart.
One of the first problems Forrest had, was his legs which were partially paralysed. He received braces without which enabled him to walk. And, although the doctor claimed that he would never be able to walk normally again, he discovered his first skill while running away from the bullies, breaking out of his braces. Running gave him a scholarship to college when he ran across the football field, and from that moment on, his life was changed forever.
Throughout his life, people underestimated his ability to reason, to love and do extraordinary things. But with his Mama’s advice, he proved them wrong by winning the Congressional Medal of Honour, becoming a world-class ping-pong player, the owner of a highly successful shrimp fishing company and a famous runner giving hope to a lot of people.
This inspiring, funny and at the same time heart-wrenching movie gives us life lessons about the possibility of accomplishing our goals even if the odds are against us.
Forrest’s story should inspire us to eliminate negative thoughts and embrace ourselves, those around us and the opportunities in our lives. Because with the right mindset, and the right motivation, anything is possible. After all, “life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get”.
So for those who are complaining about their upcoming exams : if Forrest can run for 3 years, you can make an effort to hit the books for a while!
Besides.. isn’t Tom Hanks’ cuteness enough of a reason for you to get motivated?