“Life is like a box of chocolates”: You might have heard this quote somewhere but do you understand? Let’s figure out what Forrest Gump meant in his movie.
To all the movie nerds out there or anyone who has watched Forrest Gump movie from 1994. This movie went the extra mile of capturing the hearts of thousands of people. There is a popular quote that came out of the movie and it says life is like a box of chocolates.
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” –Forrest Gump
It could be seen in the first scene of the movie. Tom Hanks played the role of Forrest Gump; He was then a young man.
His quote has thought us valuable lessons about life and here I would like to talk about a few important points about it.
There have been variations from different notable men but they all almost point to the same life lesson.
Let’s quickly pick the scene from the movie: It all started when Forrest Gump offered a piece of chocolate from his box. This reminded him of his mother’s (role played by Sally Field) quote:
“Life is a box of chocolates,” the continuation says “you never know what you’re going to get.”
Forrest Gump seems not to recall his mother’s saying properly. He slightly changed the quote which was in metaphor to a simile by adding “like” to it.
Again Forrest quoted using the past tense “life was” but his Mama’s is said in the present tense “life is a box of chocolates.”
This difference has confused a lot of people —not knowing which is the exact quote. I will say, they all point to the same meaning in life. You may flow with that of Forrest Gump or his mother.
The Movie became outstanding due to its classical content —especially the quote that surfaced in the first scene. It has thought us the dynamic ways of life. Surely we don’t always know exactly what we are going to get today, or tomorrow… But we still remain hopeful.
What Is The Meaning Of This Quote From Forrest Gump?
This quote simply means life is full of surprises. You can’t always get what you expect or dream about. It is therefore likened to a box of chocolates which has different flavors, shapes and tastes.
By developing this further we could see that the box contains different chocolates which certainly have different flavors or colors. This is how life is; there are good days and bad days.
You may never know if today is going to be a pleasant day for you or not. But whatever the case might be, you must handle it with a smile.
Forrest Gump taught us in his quote that, you can’t see what tomorrow will bring, you can’t see what will happen even in the next few hours. Yes! He couldn’t see the kind of chocolates that would be picked from the box at any given moment.
Surprises could take place at any moment; Get ready for them always! My friend, why not prepare yourself to cope with whatever comes your way?
Life is indeed like a box of chocolates, you will surely not be able to figure out what is coming.
Sometimes people become so obsessed with life events such as aging, career, marriage, finances, etc. They try their best to be in charge of when, how and where things should be. But life doesn’t obey their wishes, goals or thoughts.
It is therefore necessary to learn how to handle whatever life presents to you at any given time. Being positive and hopeful today and about the future would calm down your nerves and help you live in the present with the best feeling.
The color, shape or taste of chocolate life presents to you today might be different tomorrow. Whether it is sweet or salty, you must acknowledge the fact that life is a whole complex thing that can not be manipulated in your favor.
Mrs. Gump told Forrest that he would not always know what he is going to get out of life (the chocolate box). Surprises are part of the game.
Forrest saved his Mama’s saying in his head and flowed by it by living a simple life. You may also keep this at the back of your coconut and never stress yourself over the dynamism of life. If it’s not in your favor today, tomorrow might be your lucky day. Enjoy both together with a positive attitude.
In summation, you are always left with a few opportunities to grab. Missing a good one might never come again. So be vigilant and make the best out of every single situation/circumstance.
The year 2022 has almost ended. What do you think is the kind of box of chocolates life will present to you next year? Get ready for it!
Anthony Eshun is a Christian blogger from Ghana, saved by grace. Loves the Bible, life coaching, and evangelism. With over 5 years of experience in blogging, he has reached out to thousands of people around the world.
Republished with permission from Lovelytony22 from his blog https://africanparadiseworld.com.