6 Life Lessons From Movies That Could Help You Find Hope in Tough Times

Kemmy D
5 min readMar 20, 2020
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Life can get hard, especially if you are a normal middle-class employee who toils every day at work just to take home some money that barely pays your bills. In unexpected situations, you may end up not knowing what to do or in which direction your life is headed.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, but there is only so much one could do. Once you’ve done your best, you can only hope and wait, like I’ve been hoping to win the lottery over the last two years.

Jokes apart, finding hope is not easy even when we are happy. In times when you are sad and stressed, finding hope is hard. When I usually feel down or feel like giving up, I always watch a light-hearted, inspirational movie. Believe it not, I have learned many life lessons from these movies and I wanted to share some of them.

Hope Is a Good Thing

“Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well.” — Andy, The Shawshank Redemption

It wasn’t a blockbuster movie, but The Shawshank Redemption is one of the most-watched movies in the world. In fact, it is rated as a top movie on IMDB and tops many of the ‘best movie lists’ that you can find on the internet.

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The movie is about friendship and hope between the two main characters, Andy and Red. There are many other great quotes from The Shawshank Redemption, but this is my most favourite. I wouldn’t be surprised if this rings a bell to you, because it is a famous quote.

It is hard to find hope in tough times, but always remember — hope is a good thing! At the end of a bad day, we all need at least need a little hope that the next day would be better. Eventually, hope helps us stay alive.

Life Is a Box of Chocolates

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



Kemmy D

Dogs over humans. Coffee over Beer. Topics I write on include but are not limited to life, finance, motorsports and satire.