Your Life According to Forest Gump

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Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get.

-Forest Gump-

Did you know that July 6, 2017, marks the 23rd anniversary of the release of Forest Gump?  For the past 23 years, we’ve had a whopper of an excuse to underachieve.  Wow!  What a blessing!

Don’t get me wrong here, I loved the dimwitted Forest Gump as much as the next guy,  Especially where he’s running down the street sporting his full beard and he tells the hippy next to him, “stuff happens.”  A whole new cash stream was born!  Tee-shirts, bumper stickers, underwear!

The part of the movie that I take offense with is the part where he tells the old women sitting next to him that life is like a freaking box of chocolates and you’ll just have to deal with the mess that’s been handed to you..I’m paraphrasing I know.

When I was a kid someone gifted me a box of chocolates. I was so excited because I knew that inside was to be found a treasure trove of goodness sure to last the whole day!  I could see myself sitting in my tree house, my make-believe tree house because our landlady wouldn’t allow such a thing in her trees, enjoying the delicacies only imaginable to a select few children such as me.

Imagine my horror when upon tasting these delicacies I found them to be disgusting!  Dark chocolate?  I want milk chocolate, and what the heck is rum flavoring!  Where’s my nougat and peanut butter?  Where’s my caramel and walnuts?  I’ve been duped!

So here’s a question for you, are you going to settle for a life where you don’t get to pick your chocolates?  Are you going to just deal with or put up with the bitter taste of a life that just happens to come your way, hoping that now and again you’ll come across something sweet?

Of course not!  You’re going to march yourself right down to the chocolate shop and PICK your favorite chocolates.  I love Pixies and Trinidad’s and when I walk into the local Fanie Maie Chocolate store, that just what I get.  The result is a treasure trove of goodness sure to last the whole day!

The choice is our’s folks, we can plan our own life or live with what simply happens to us, we can be reactionary and deal with whatever happens good or bad.  But wouldn’t it be best if we dreamt, planned, acted then achieved our dreams?  Wouldn’t that simply be a treasure trove of goodness sure to last a lifetime?

Tino Hernandez



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