This past week I was asked to speak to the graduating RN class at the college. Looking in their faces brought back memories of this movie to me.
The Pursuit of Happyness is a true story of Chris Gardner, a salesman who is very down on his luck. His wife leaves him with his son to raise. He gets evicted from his apartment. There is no money for food, shelter or clothing . He decides to take a huge leap of faith and enters an internship for a brokerage firm. There is no salary and no guarantee of a job at the completion of the program. During the course of the nine months he sleeps in a shelter for the homeless and eats at soup kitchens. He tries to maintain an upbeat life for his son, who is obviously his whole life. Every sacrifice is made to achieve his dream and goals he has set for himself.
I loved this movie! Even though at every turn he faced unbearable obstacles, he overcomes at the end. His dreams come true.
For two years I faced some of the hardest times, I have ever been through. Never knowing if all of the hard work and sacrifice would pay off. I cant tell you how much peanut butter I ate during that time. How tired I was, and the panic I felt when near the end of the program my grades started to drop, despite all of the study time. I wasnt sure I would be able to pull it off. I looked in the faces of some of those women and saw the same desperation I was feeling such a short time ago. I cried all the way home. I will never forget the feeling of sheer joy and relief when the grades came in and I learned that I had passed! My God brought me through this and caused His blessing to fall upon me in those days. I somehow managed to pay the utilities, buy some food, pay for gas and hold down a full time job. My car never broke down and I did not even have a cold during that entire time. My children stayed well and although our diets were not the best they did fine. I will praise Him forever! I survived!
While my circumstances were not as severe as the movie was. It was such a difficult challenge that I never want to repeat again.
I hope you take time to watch this movie. It makes me so thankful for all I have in my life. I know it will make you count your blessings also! Have a wonderful week.