Monday, January 29, 2007

"Life is like a box of chocolates…"

Everyone knows what comes next, right?

"...You never know what you're going to get."

Most likely, you even hear it in the voice of that beloved character, Forrest Gump, don't you? How many times have you seen "Forrest Gump"? Just once? Five times? More times than you can count? Not at all? I hadn't ever seen it until this weekend. Am I the last person who was alive and of movie-going age when the movie came out that had still not seen it?

Anyway, it got me thinking. The movie tries to sum up its world view near the end with this statement by Gump: "I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both." That's right up there with Calvin and Nietzsche! Or maybe Calvin and Hobbes...

Personally, I think there is much more truth that can be plumbed from the earlier line about the box of chocolates. I'm still coming up with ways that life really is like a box of chocolates, but here are a few. Please add any you have discovered over the years below in the comments:

Life is like a box of chocolates...

  • ...It looks good on the outside but can be pretty sticky when you get into it.

  • ...It comes with a pretty bow on it but ends up empty and discarded

  • ...If you share it with others, you'll have less to enjoy yourself.

  • ...It's bad for your health.

  • ...It goes straight to your hips.

  • ...It doesn't freeze well.

See what I mean? Now that's philosophy! Got any others?


Ben O. said...

Life is like a box of chocolates . . .

- Peanut Butter enhances the situation.
- There's always one stinker in the group those cherry-filled ones.)
- If you lose that lil' map, you're on your own.

Ben O.

Rollin said...


How about:

Life is like a box of chocolates... the time you get there, it's been picked over and all the good ones are gone!

Gary said...

Life is like a box of chocolates...

...sometimes it is full of nuts.

...sometimes it is hard to swallow

....sometimes it is just best to sit back and enjoy the flavors

...when it gets really hot, it can be really messy