After watching the film “The Maze Runner”, I thought, if I were one of the chosen ones, would I be like Thomas who was brave enough to enter the maze and hope to find what was out there? Would I be like Minho who was courageous enough to go through the maze every day and was clever enough to remember the paths and to map them out? Or would I just be Gally who would rather stay in the camp forever than see what was beyond the maze? Each member has faced challenges, including remembering their own names. Each of them has survived, not until the time when they have to face a bigger challenge.
Like them, everyone in the real world has struggles – struggles in school, at work, at home, dealing with people, achieving their goals, living up to other people’s expectations, and so many others it may not fit this page. We all face hardships, who doesn’t? Even the happiest person you know can be consumed with grief.
Most of the time, we focus on the problems more than we do on the solutions. We also tend to jump to conclusions and always think that things will never turn out the way we wish them to be. We feel like running in a maze without knowing which paths to go. We think that the one we are running on leads to the exit; but in the end, it is just another dead end. We find peaceful paths, only to find out that that’s where our own grievers lurk. Then we go back to a fork, and try another path. Each time we try, we begin to worry. Each wrong path we take, we start to weary. Until finally, we see a familiar track, and we realize we’re just going in circles. That’s the time we feel like giving up.
When we were younger, we wanted to find the perfect crowd. We tried to “belong”. As we grew older, we tried to find ourselves. We even asked the same question: “Am I happy?” Happiness is the decisive point of everything, I guess. We all aim for happiness. In our pursuit of happiness, we become disappointed here and there. We give something a shot and expect for a positive result. We fail. Then we try again. We hope for a better outcome. Again, we fail. At this point, we rest and think. We ask, “Why? What have I done wrong?” We are on the verge of giving up, but we find renewed strength to go on. So we start over and give it another shot. Que sera sera. If it happens, it will happen. What’s important is that we’ve tried. We’ve survived. We’ve remained standing. Impregnable.
Everybody hurts. Everybody struggles. No matter the hardship is, we just have to keep fighting. We need to stay strong. It’s not the difficulties, nor the outcome that matters, it is how we live on and outlast all the tribulations we face. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but don’t you think it’s better to do something than just to say something? ★