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a feather in the wind

I watched Forrest Gump the other day after not having seen it for many years.

The film has aged relatively well and its slice of life style reminded me how much our existence is a combination of tragedy and comedy interwoven into what can seem like a randomly designed tapestry.

Tom Hanks gives a powerful performance here as the intellectually challenged man who still manages through his innate goodness and loyalty to find the best in all those he meets and they in turn are better for having known him. His wisdom lies in his ability to find the little things in life that truly bring us happiness as he exercises the simple values instilled in him by his mother.

The movie both begins and ends with a feather being impacted by the wind and it meets obstacles along the way as analogy for our lives and, to punctuate this, Gump theorizes near the film's end that our lives are comprised of both random chance and fateful interventions as we interact with others and our existences touch even for a brief period.

His life is filled with joy, awe, wonder and the sadness brought on by the loss that we all face at one time or another and from which there is no escape.

Little wonder it was honored with an Oscar in 1995 for best picture.

Yes Forrest life is indeed like a box of chocolates because you never know what you are going to get.


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