Maybe this is an old question to some of you: If you will be sent to a desert
island, and you are allowed to take a movie with you, which movie will you choose?
There are many movies that touched me once, but if I can only select one, I will
take “The Pursuit of Happyness”.
This movie is "inspired by a true story" of Chris Gardner, an American
investment expert. “Inspired by” is an interesting phrase because the movie is more inspiring than inspired. This movie tells us about an inspirational story
about how a penniless and homeless salesman became a successful financial
Chris, played by Will Smith, was busy selling his bone-density scanners so as to
support his family. Chris had a dream of becoming a stockbroker, but there was not
enough money coming in, and his wife left him alone to care for their 5 years old
son. With his money less than zero, Chris decided to take an unpaid six-month
internship. If he could win the other 19 people, he would get the job as a
He went through an extremely difficult life for 6 months with his son. They
became homeless because he was unable to pay the rent. Every day Chris had to
run to collect his son from day care centre and get in line for a bed in a homeless
shelter. Some nights they were failed to get a bed. They once slept in the
washroom of the railway station and I think it’s the most moving image in this movie when Chris cried silently holding his sleeping son in the locked washroom.
I saw a tender man and father at that time. The relationship between father and son
is one of the most impressive aspects of the film. Chris tried his best to shield his son
from the hardships they faced and he even sold his blood for a time. I was touched
when Chris said to his son that “Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can't do something, not even me.”
Just like the title of the movie, there’s a happy ending. Finally Chris realized his dream and became a stockbroker. At the end of this movie, Chris couldn’t help
applauding for himself in crowd. And I also want to applaud for his persistence, for
the tough road to dream, and for the happiness he finally got. Chris Gardner’s
experience tells us that there’s no destiny. Everyone can change his fate through hard
working, patience and persistence.
You may notice that the word “happyness” have a wrong spelling. In fact, that’s
a smart design. It means: There is no Y (why) in "happiness". There is I. To us,
happiness is a noun, but to Chris, it’s a verb. We all should learn from Chris, don’t ask
why or complain for the difficulties. If you have a dream, just run and pursue it.
At the end of my speech, I hope you can remember the words said by Chris:
When you have a dream, you should protect it. If you want something, go get it.