Aspiring Student Shares Why We Should Be More Like Forrest Gump

"Forrest figured everything out because he just kept going.”

Movies inspire people for all sorts of reasons. Viewers may relate to the characters and the circumstances they're dealing with. Others may observe new cultures and gain a new worldly perspective. And some may gain motivation for their own art. But for one aspiring student featured in a Humans of New York (HONY) post, a movie inspired him to leave his home, and move to the United States to pursue an education at Columbia. 

According to the post, this person knew little English before coming to the States, but after watching Forrest Gump a number of times, he was inspired to follow his dreams, and never give up.

"I like Forrest very much. Forrest is very simple. He picks one thing, and he keeps going. When I was young, I thought Forrest was stupid. But now I have a different view. I think people are too complicated."

He adds that he believes people complain about everything, while Forrest never has time to complain. 

"Forrest chooses one thing and he keeps going. I watched the movie last month to encourage me. My life is hard because people don't ever know what I'm saying. But I just think of Forrest. Forrest figured everything out because he just kept going."

Since it's been shared on Instagram, the story has been liked over 300 thousand times, with positive words flooding the comments section. Not only do this person's words remind us to simplify our lives, but it's proof that if we put our minds to something — even if we have insecurities or fears — we can accomplish anything. 

Check out the post in full below:



"My English is not good. Spoken English is very difficult. But I want to study at Columbia so I am trying to improve. I decided to come to America because of Forrest Gump. I've watched the movie five times. I like Forrest very much. Forrest is very simple. He picks one thing, and he keeps going. When I was young, I thought Forrest was stupid. But now I have a different view. I think people are too complicated. They complain about everything. Forrest never complains. Forrest chooses one thing and he keeps going. I watched the movie last month to encourage me. My life is hard because people don't ever know what I'm saying. But I just think of Forrest. Forrest figured everything out because he just kept going."

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