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Run, Forrest, Run! 16 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Forrest Gump

Run, Forrest, Run! 16 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Forrest Gump

Just a few weeks ago was the 20th anniversary of one of America’s most beloved films: Forrest Gump. (When did we all get so old?!)

This fabulous film is equal parts funny, inspiring, and downright heart-wrenching. In fact, there are quite a few life lessons that can be learned from this fabulous movie—and not just about chocolates and running (although that’s definitely included).

Listen up, and prepare to have the intense urge to open up Netflix and start re-watching. (Yes, it’s on Netflix. You’re welcome.)

Life Lessons We Can Learn From Forrest Gump

1. Don’t be afraid to be honest…

Forrest always blurts out everything that’s on his mind, and it cracks everyone up—or helps them realize something huge about themselves. Sometimes it can be mildly offensive…but no one really minds, because he always means well.

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    2. …no matter who you’re talking to

    Whether it’s the lady at the bus stop or the president of the United States, Forrest treats everyone exactly the same – with equal respect, but also with equal honesty. Brown-nosing doesn’t exist in Forrest’s world, because no matter the status, a person’s a person.

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      3. Always tell those you care about how you feel

      Forrest never hesitates to demonstrate and express his affections for those he cares about. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and everyone who matters to Forrest knows that they matter to Forrest.

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        4. Don’t be afraid to love…

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          Just like he isn’t afraid to express his care for others, he isn’t afraid to love deeply, from the bottom of his soul. He’s not afraid of getting hurt, and he doesn’t overthink – he just loves. A lot of people could learn from this simplicity.

          5. …and don’t be afraid to lose

          Forrest experiences multiple deaths of those he cares about. Just like all other emotions, he feels his grief strongly and purely. He doesn’t shut anyone out, but rather faces it head-on: by visiting their graves and speaking to them like he always did. He faces death with his mother’s advice:

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            6. Always try new things, because you might be great at them…

            Someone asks Forrest to play ping pong. He takes the paddle and does it – and he lets his natural talents kick in. After all, who knows what you’re good at if you don’t try?

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              7. …but if you’re not, that’s okay

              Well, at least you tried.

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                8. Sometimes, you just have to do the right thing, even when everyone tells you not to

                Lieutenant Dan may have wanted to die on the battlefield, but Forrest wasn’t about to let that happen.

                Your heart may be pulling you in one direction, while others are telling you to go the opposite route. Always trust your gut instinct. It may just save somebody’s life.

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                  9. Don’t ever let anyone tell you they’re better than you

                  Never. Mama knows best.

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                    10. Because seriously, what does normal mean, anyway?

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                      As the awesome Mama notes, society dictates what “normal” is. It doesn’t really have a true definition – it’s all relative. Don’t ever feel like you have to be “normal.” Let your freak flag fly.

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                      11. You never know whose lives you’ll change

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                        Forrest doesn’t give a hoot about “normal,” and look what happened: he made The King famous and helped someone come up with the smiley face and a clever bumper sticker. And he had absolutely no idea. Be yourself, and remember that your actions matter in more ways than you know…

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                          12. Be careful what you say, because you can’t take it back

                          In my personal opinion, one of the most heartbreaking moments in the movie was when Jenny rejects Forrest’s marriage proposal, and he brings up a particularly cruel insult that she had thrown at him years and years ago.

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                            Think before you speak. Words can wound—and those wounds take a long time to heal.

                            13. Never take true friendships for granted

                            Casual friendships come and go, but when Forrest finds people he truly clicks with, he knows how special it is—and he doesn’t let that go.

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                                14. Appreciate—and share—the little things

                                Firstly, ice cream is awesome. Always remember how awesome ice cream is.

                                Secondly, always share with a friend or loved one in need—even if that particular person dumps your offerings in a bedpan.

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                                  15. Do what you love

                                  Live your life how you want to. Participate in activities simply because you want to.

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                                    Not everything has to have a deeper meaning—but when you start doing what you love, it will develop a deeper meaning on its own.

                                    16. Finally, always remember…

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                                      Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/76791138@N07/9129073984/sizes/l via Bel Zamarbide

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                                      7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

                                      7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

                                      What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.

                                      For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.

                                      It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.

                                      1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?

                                      The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.

                                      What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.

                                      The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.

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                                      2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

                                      Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.

                                      How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?

                                      If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.

                                      Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.

                                      3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

                                      Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.

                                      If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?

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                                      These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.

                                      What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …

                                      4. What are my goals in life?

                                      Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:

                                      Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.

                                      5. Whom do I admire most in the world?

                                      Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.

                                      Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?

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                                      You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.[1] So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.

                                      Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.

                                      6. What do I not like to do?

                                      An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.

                                      What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?

                                      Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.

                                      The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …

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                                      7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?

                                      Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.

                                      But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,

                                      “What do I want to do with my life?”

                                      So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.

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