*SPOILERS* If you haven’t seen this movie I suggest you go watch this because this is probably one of my most favorite movie of all times. This movie showed me a whole new perspective on life on how much our “What if” can make a difference. Everything that I’ve written is based off my opinion also with some facts about the movie that may be incorrect.
Everyday we try to say things that would benefit us like “What If, we had better technology.” or “What If, we got to eat our most favorite food in the world anytime we wanted to.” We try to progress forward so much in life and it’s a good thing, but I have a “What If” suggestion. “What if we only got what we needed, but not what we wanted.” This thought came through to my mind as I watched the movie “the Pursuit of Happiness” featuring Will Smith as he plays a character in the movie named Chris Gardner. This movie shows how Chris struggles to maintain a consistent income to provide for him and his son (Christopher Jr.), But Chris’s only income is selling an overpriced bone density scanner that isn’t really needed in most hospitals. Selling one bone density scanner would be enough to let Chris breath for about four months . What caught my attention during this movie, was that life got so bad, it even got to the point where Chris literally had no money and could not even afford to pay rent in for his house, and was unfortunately kicked out leaving him and his son homeless. They had literally nothing and they had to spend that night in the bathroom stall at the subway station. I mean what was going through my mind was, how was Chris able to maintain calm state and be able to keep his song from realizing that they were homeless.
Many of these factors don’t occur to us because the majority of our parents have a job and maintain a sufficient amount of income to provide house, food, toys, and basically the essential needs to live. So imagine what it’s like to be homeless and not have anything, even the minimum requirements to live. Imagine how a father would feel to tell his son that he made a few mistakes in life and now putting him and his son in a position that no one would want to face. Think of stress and the amount of disturbance that was running through Chris’s mind such as what’s going to happen next, or what am i gonna do now, do I have any alternative? Imagining this already gave me the chills and it’s something that I would definitely not want to go through.
Another thing that I realized in our society today, was that there are people out there who have completely nothing but what they have on them. Some of them weren’t able to eat for the past few days and here we are complaining about how we didn’t get to eat what we wanted for dinner. So in my “What If” I suggested what if we got what needed but what we wanted. Imagine if everyone had a place that they could call home, a meal that they could have every evening called dinner, or even the thought of knowing that you will be safe the night, wouldn’t that make the world a better place? There’s a quote in this movie that most definitely meant something to me, “It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?” -Chris Gardner