“Why don’t you love me Jenny? I may not be a smart man, but I know what Love is…”
Of all the great line’s that I have heard in movies, I think that this particular line from the movie “Forrest Gump” is the most powerful.
My explanation is this:
Forrest Gump loved Jenny. And not with just any kind of love, with that Agape love. There’s a purity in Forrest that I think defines love in itself. Love is un-judging, kind, loyal, supportive, and I think Forrest showed an awesome example of all of that in the way that he loves Jenny. He loved her in spite of everything she had been through, all the bad things in her life and even when she had no one, Forrest was there for. He was her friend, a true friend. Yet, Jenny didn’t love him back. And Forrest couldn’t understand why. Even though he wasn’t the smartest man in the world, He knew what love was and he knew that he loved Jenny. His heart knew that he loved her. But he couldn’t for the life of him, understand why she didn’t love him.
I can understand the way that Forrest was feeling. I have often been in the same situation, wondering why a person doesn’t love you or why your love isn’t enough to for the one you want so badly to love you back. I think that is one of my two greatest fears. The first being that once I fall in love, he will leave me some day. The other, is that my love won’t be enough for you to love me back. Honestly, I think finding out that your love isn’t enough hurts much worse. When you love, you love with everything within you. You give them your all, or you’re at least willing to do so. To find out that your love and in essence your “All” isn’t enough? To me, that’s a hurt and a kind of rejection that you won’t soon forget. It stays with you. It takes a bit of healing to get past that. Much like I’ve had to go through myself. Sadly, I admit that I’ve never experience being in love mutually. I’m not sure why. And maybe one day, I will finally experience being in love with someone the truly loves me back…like Forrest did.
Yes, it took a long time for Jenny to fall in love with Forrest. Years in fact. But Forrest was patient and kind. His love was true, his love was strong and it was for one person, and one person only. Part of falling in love is that you have patient enough to find the right one. I think being Single doesn’t mean that you can’t find someone to be with. Maybe it just needs to happen. You can feel the pressure of needing to be in a relationship, so you feel a sort of desperation to be in one. Patience, I think, can play a big role in finding the right one. I think I can safely say that at times it takes a little more patience than others, but, I hope when the time comes it will be worth it. Love is an experience everyone should have. Like Forrest, you don’t have to be a smart person to know what Love is. Love is a feeling and an action. You know when you are in love and when you are getting love in return. True, Mutual Love.
Forrest found his, Jenny realized hers, you will find yours and I will find mine.