I am Forrest Gump

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake City, UT

Sometimes it’s hard not to feel a bit like Forrest Gump. No, not because I’m slow-witted (although that is often true, too) or a prodigious runner (which is decidedly never true) but because occasionally it feels like I’m unknowingly dropped in the middle of history’s great events.

Watching the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice isn’t exactly like giving John Lennon the starting lines to Imagine or being hosted by Richard Nixon at the Watergate hotel, but it felt a little out of body just the same – like I was witnessing something extraordinary that I had no right to be a part of.

In truth, there was nothing really unusual about the experience. The Choir practices almost every Thursday night and is magnanimous enough to open their doors to all comers free of charge. We were hardly the only ones to take them up on the offer. And yet I couldn’t shake the feeling that I shouldn’t have been there at all.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Self Portrait

In some alternate history, perhaps my real or proper history, I don’t even visit Salt Lake City, Utah. Instead I’m back in Hoboken going through the normal paces of life and playing out the same script that seems written for everyone. But this storyline is different. Here I am running around the world and inserting myself into places that weren’t intended for me. Am I changing the future the way Forest did? I don’t know. But, then again, neither did he.

All I can do is keep moving and enjoying this amazingly improbable ride.

Or said differently: Run Forest, Run!


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14 Comments on “I am Forrest Gump”

  1. Natalie September 28, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    I stopped believing in “chances” and “coincidences” and “luck” twenty years ago. Now I see everything as part of a glorious and unpredictable and loving plan! Run, Forrest, run. Definitely! 🙂


  2. wildramp September 28, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Gee, our choir just has an organ, not a full orchestra….maybe THAT’S why we don;t sound as …….good…LOL Keep running, sometimes at a trot, sometimes at a gallop.


  3. bmpiller September 28, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Just make sure you’re running to and not from!


  4. nikki September 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    I know exactly how you feel!


  5. michaelthewriterguy September 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    That is a really interesting photo. I like the second one as well.


  6. Gunta September 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    I may need to watch Forest Gump again…. seems like I’ve been seeing references to that movie popping up in the strangest places.


  7. Pat Bailey September 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    I agree, it is amazing.


  8. remlaph September 29, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I get that feeling too sometimes the ‘how the hell did I end up here’ feeling. I like to think though this was somehow where I was meant to be.


  9. Arizona girl September 30, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Keep on enjoying this fabulous storyline!!!


  10. danscaper September 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I’ve found that there is a string correlation between going out and exploring and actually finding awesome things. It’s hard to find anything fun with your butt on your couch.

    It’s a big world. Keep exploring.


  11. mekala rodrigo September 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    really interesting write-up…


  12. citizen111 September 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Great Blog


  13. passionfruitproject October 6, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    I love their rendition of “come thou fount of every blessing.’ it’s on youtube.



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