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i, inspired: “fear can hold you prisoner. hope can set you free.”

June 12, 2009

Whenever i am inspired, i find it very difficult to convey how exactly and how much i am inspired. I don’t know why but i just cant say it in words “This was how i was inspired by such and such thing” so that the listener understands. However, i have made an honest attempt to convey this here.

I am someone who is crazy about movies. I see any movie: from those with an ensemble cast as the Ocean’s series to those that are scarcely heard of such as Phantoms (heard of it??). From impressive action movies such as the Matrix to the comic ones such as Johnny English and even romantic ones such as Just Like Heaven, i see them all.

One day, while i was sitting bored at home, i just decide to randomly surf the TV and ended up in a channel that was showing a movie called “The Shawshank Redemption”. I had never heard of this movie before and only knew one of the cast: Morgan Freeman of “Bruce Almighty” fame. So i decide to check it out since i knew he was an excellent actor.

What was just a routine movie watching soon transformed into one of the most inspiring moments that i have ever got in life.

The story revolves around how a convicted murderer(Andy Dufresne played by Tim Robbins) comes into prison and walks out a rich man after making a daring escape out of it after nearly 20 years in there.

Although of course it just seems like any other story that you have come across, it’s just this story line that is the crux of the entire story.

The movie illustrates how Andy endures hardships in the prison: being regularly harassed by fellow inmates, the prison guards for anything and everything but yet manages to carry on with his profession of a banker by helping the prison guards with money management and tax evasion, reviving the prison library and even helping the inmates complete their education to get a high school diploma. And while doing all this, he was amassing wealth in the name of a fictional person, for the prison-in-charge and plotting his own escape.

What struck me the most about this movie is the fact that a person stuck in a place worse than hell with no form of entertainment and only a small group of friends still manages to survive, do his profession that he was doing outside all with just one small memory that he was innocent. it’s truly wonderful the hope that the character shows: when he saw it was going to be impossible to get released from prison without serving the full term, he decides to try make an escape from the prison. And so, he spends every night creating that tunnel from his cell for 20 years, with the help of a small chisel and hammer that artisans would use to create small statues such as making chess pieces!! it’s his perseverance that impressed me the most.

as i said in my post about the movie (https://arvindsraj.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/shawshank-redemption-one-of-the-best-movies-ever), all of this is possible only if one is truly involved with all his heart. That was the one thing that set Andy from other prisoners in the Shawshank Penitentiary. Truly an apt tag line the movie has: “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free”. it’s this precise hope that set Andy free from the gaol.

Every time i face some hardship and don’t feel like doing anything: i think of Andy in this movie and then i start giving an honest attempt in whatever i am doing.

Of course what i have said here barely is inspiring i agree. Like i said, i find it difficult to convey how well i have been inspired. I think the only proper inspiration can be got only by seeing the movie. remember “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free”.

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