The Nurse at the Park Bench

November 3, 2018 Off By Rhea B

I am sitting here, in this coffee shop, surrounded by people, yet reaching the extremity of my loneliness. I’m praying that the twelfth graders sitting on the first floor will not notice me. There is this one, rather stupid, thought that I had yesterday, which is still lingering, I cannot get it out of my head. It is very senseless though, I must warn you.

I was sitting in the school bus, alone, amidst twelfth and tenth graders who were listening to music via the phones they had illicitly brought to school. There was no space next to the other ninth graders. However, I must not digress. I was sitting alone, and well, what does one do when they have nothing to do, nowhere to be, no one to talk to – they think. So there I was, thinking, staring at the same streets that I have been looking at for the past 8 years, yet wondering how they look so different each day. Staring at those same streets every day, it does not bore me.

Through all that codswallop gushing through my brain, I happened to remember a line from the movie, ‘Forrest Gump.’ You know, the one with Tom Hanks. I had watched the movie months ago.

Now many probably already understand this, but my brain was in all probability, too stupid to grasp it before.

Forrest Gump: Those must be comfortable shoes, I bet you could walk all day in shoes like those and not feel a thing.

Nurse at park bench: My feet hurt.

Forrest Gump: My mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they going, where they been.

Forrest says that the woman’s shoes must be really comfortable, comfortable enough to walk in all day and still not feel a thing, and the woman very starkly gives a contradicting reply.

This got me thinking. This is actually a reference to the way society looks at others.

People look at others, of a higher stature, with say, more monetary and materialistic pleasures in their life, and assume that their life is the epitome of perfection. Having a perfect life today seems to be having more money and resources at your disposal.

Forrest, who can be thought of as society, looks at the nurse’s shoes on the outside. They look comfortable, and thus he assumes they are, and that she could walk in them all day. The nurse here is symbolic of all those who have money and thus are believed to have problem-free lives.

The problem being addressed here is that of judging a book by its cover.

It is the illusion of how the rich, because they have money, have no problems at all. It is all a lie. Everybody has problems. Just because someone does not have monetary issues does not mean they have no issues, and I really want people to understand this. I want people to understand this because people today are running after money and jobs that pay them truckloads because they have been so blinded by this illusion created by society. I do not want all these people to eventually earn all that money but then wake up with the revelation that they were lied to, and that money, in truth does NOT solve all of one’s problems.

In all that time that people spend running after money, with the belief that it will solve problems that it actually cannot solve, people could find other ways to solve those problems.

I do not want people to learn this the hard way because most likely, by the time these people would have made all that money, they would be drained and sapped of all energy, possibly making it very difficult to start over.

I have said this before, and I will say it once again, money does not solve any problems, in fact, it only perpetrates them, that’s all. It is imperative we understand that.