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7 Life Lessons From ‘Forrest Gump’ on Its 20th Anniversary

Believe it or not, “Forrest Gump” turns 20 today. We grew up with Forrest Gump as he lived his extraordinary life, which includes brushes with Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy and other historical figures. One of the most quoted movies of our time, the lessons Forrest taught and learned are eternal.

Here are a few.

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1. You’ll Never Know What You’re Capable Of If You Don’t Try
Forrest Gump was born with a back that was “as crooked as a politician,” requiring him to wear braces on his legs. A constant target for bullies, his only childhood friend famously advised him to “run, Forrest, run!” when they began picking on him. He broke free of his braces and later enjoyed a successful career as a college athlete. (Then he ran across the country for three years, but that’s another lesson.) Always try. You may surprise yourself.

2. To Have Good Friends, Be a Good Friend
There were no better friends than Forrest and Bubba, whom he met at war in Vietnam. Not only did they sleep back-to-back to avoid the mud, but after Bubba died, Forrest lived out Bubba’s dream of being a shrimping boat captain. Forrest was a good friend to Bubba because Bubba was so loyal to him. It’s simple: Be kind.

3. Pay Attention
During Forrest’s run across the country, he became the inspiration for the famous smiley-face yellow t-shirt and the bumper sticker, “S*** happens.” Always listen when people are speaking to you and keep your eyes open.

4. Do What You Love, No Matter What
Forrest loved mowing the lawn so much that he did it even when he was a “gazillionaire.” From the outside, that must have looked foolish, but he didn’t care: He was always true to himself. Be honest with yourself about what makes you happy.

5. Stay Positive and Focused
When Lieutenant Dan lost his legs in the Vietnam War, he grew depressed and did everything he could to distract himself from his problems. However, after joining Forrest on his shrimping boat and later investing their earnings in a new technology company by the name of Apple, his life turned around dramatically. Stay positive and always look ahead. Better days are coming.

6. It’s Great to Give Back
After earning a fortune, Forrest gave Bubba’s portion of the shrimping boat business to Bubba’s family. “There’s only so much fortune a man really needs and the rest is just for showing off,” he reasoned. “So, I gave a whole bunch of it to the Foursquare Gospel Church and I gave a whole bunch to the Bayou La Batre Fishing Hospital. And even though Bubba was dead, and Lieutenant Dan said I was nuts, I gave Bubba’s momma Bubba’s share. And you know what? She didn’t have to work in nobody’s kitchen no more.” If you can share your wealth, it’s worth doing.

7. Expect the Unexpected and Be Open-Minded
Like Forrest’s mother said, “Life is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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Amy Adams Gives First Class Seat to Serviceman

Amy Adams is a class act.

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The five-time Academy Award nominee gave her first class seat to an American serviceman who was also on her Delta flight. Adams, 39, took his seat in coach during their flight from Detroit to Los Angeles.

Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie, broke the news via Twitter Friday morning. “I’m an even bigger fan now,” she tweeted.

Hill was unaware that Adams was born on a military base during her father’s days in the service. The family moved several times before settling in Colorado when she was 8.

Hill recounted the experience via e-mail. “When we were waiting to board, I saw her glance the soldier’s way and then she said something to the person she was traveling with,” Hill wrote to NBC’s Today in a message from the flight. “Once we boarded, I saw she was in first class. I was upgraded to first class and she was a couple rows behind me. I think she must have said something to the flight attendant, because before we took off she had vacated her seat and the flight attendant brought the soldier to her seat.”

Read more at E News

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