Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…

Run Forrest Run

Run Forrest Run

“My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”
-Forrest Gump

Generally speaking, I have to say I agree with Momma Gump. I don’t necessarily believe in destiny.  I think people have the ability to choose their path in life.  Take me for instance.  Who would have ever thought that I would be “destined” to start a company that makes athletic gear from “trash” and organizes people to go out for runs and pick up trash?

Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love what I do.  Being able to start a company around things I am passionate about (an active lifestyle and the environment) is a dream come true.  But I question if it was my destiny, or at least I used to.

My mom recently shared a picture with me that I drew when I was about 8 years old.  I was not at all surprised to see it was a scene of people running.  I used to draw sports pictures all the time – from running and soccer to baseball and basketball.  What really caught my attention was the fact that I added a trashcan near the race finish line of the picture.

The Fine Art of 8 Year Old Jeremy Litchfield

The Fine Art of 8 Year Old Jeremy Litchfield

As I reflect on this picture, I have few questions:

  • How did I pass the 3rd grade with these drawing skills? (Although, I was a much better drawer at that age than I am now.)
  • Why does the little dude in the back have such big feet, but such little arms?
  • Did I know when I was 8 that my future would combine running and trash?

I don’t have answers to the first two questions, but maybe the answer to the third is something like this:

“I don’t know if Momma was right or if, if it’s Lieutenant Dan. 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. Maybe both is happening at the same time.”
-Forrest Gump

I would love to hear other people’s stories of destiny, floating breezes, or both.

P.S. My very creative mother turned the picture into some great note cards that I use for hand written notes.  If anyone is interested in custom note cards, I highly recommend her services.  Leave a comment and I will make the connection.

3 responses to “Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…

  1. Loved this entry! I can vouch for those note cards. They are really very good especially the ones with your art on them. I for one think the drawing contributed to your destiny. Good luck on the Trash Run at Beach to Beacon. Love ya.

  2. I just now saw this one…and I chuckled to myself. Very cute, JL 🙂 Love the artwork! It’s funny how we find ourselves where we do, and even funnier to think back to our previous selves and recall what we thought we’d be when we “grew up”. For instance, when I was 10 I thought I’d turn 18 and then be that age forever…I also thought my parents were perpetual 36-year olds.

    I think I’m on a floating breeze, having left ‘destiny’ behind long ago 🙂 That, or my destiny has yet to kick in…it just wants me to “float” around for a little bit before it sets me straight on a single path. I like my breeze right now 🙂

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