In a world of change, the only thing constant is the effort to make a difference. While we all desire to be our finest selves, the path to being better is a rocky road. There are some days where we feel like we’ve hit rock-bottom, and others, where we feel like we are on top of the world. The journey of how we make it through these ups and downs is all that matters. For the bumpy ride ahead, we better buckle up and hold onto our dreams tightly.
Life is hard, much harder for some than the others. How many times have we heard the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make a lemonade”? Every time we hear this, we feel like someone’s throwing a giant ball of optimism right at our faces. In reality, we wish it’s as easy as it sounds. Life is unfair, and in most cases, the lemons are faulty.
So was the life of Forrest Gump; a man with considerably low IQ, a heart of rock-solid gold, a block of challenges in the name of life, and a determination that had no bounds. In the race of life, more than the pace matters the race. Forrest, who was a little less gifted, did not let that void hold him back. He kept running and running until the end, literally.
As we keep spiraling in the circle of life, we aspire to do all things rainbow. So, we dream. We dream of things as big as the stars. We want to live our lives chasing our goals. Letting our aspirations outweigh our reality is the only barrier between us and our dreams. To accomplish our goals, we strive. We put in our A+ effort in all the things we do and hope it suffices. More often than not, we wish life comes with a handbook. ‘A guide to fulfill our dreams’ is the one thing missing from this world. So we try and try, and often cry.
There are dark days, the days where we feel sheer numbness from all the thoughts that make us think that we are a sore loser. We get a sense of disbelief and start to doubt our purpose in life, much like an existential crisis. We tend to give in to the idea of giving up. Little do we realize that it’s over when we say it’s over. We get chances every day. Chances to make better choices. On a bright sunny day, when we do make that choice, our lives will never be the same again. In a split second, we go from zero to infinity.
“Run, Forrest, run!”
That’s all it took.
If you ever told young Forrest Gump that he could run, he would stare at you in utter disbelief, in complete silence. He would not believe you if you told him that he would go on to be a hero and that his whole life would be pretty eventful. From showing utmost compassion to a friend to being a war hero, and to playing excellent ping-pong, he did it all. All he’ll say now is “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
This article was inspired by the movie “Forrest Gump”.