Hope, this very word has fascinated me ever since Year 9. Mr. Warwick, our english teacher gave us the task of analysing what is now my favourite film. It was about a man who was put in prison for a crime he did not commit. At first, he found it difficult adjusting to prison life but he never gave up on hope. Whilst he was inside he met a friend who was negative about hope. In the end he escaped from prison by digging his way out and his friend (having been released) found hope again. I watched the film countless times and I used it as an inspiration to my life. I have encountered many ups and many downs, but I always hoped, for hope is paramount to the journey (life).

I was in my first year of college sixth form, and suddenly my Dad was left paralysed. As a kid, I always wanted to be like my dad. He was a music teacher and a pianist who taught me how to play my first song. It was hard to accept that his condition had changed. I felt like my whole life had crumbled. All I prayed for is for him to walk again, I hoped.

After six months of rehab he was slowly improving, and after a year the therapy was a success to an extent. It meant that he was still going to experience slow reflexes throughout the left side of his body. I can never forget the time when I would motivate my dad to walk in the park. With a stick, hanging on to my arm whilst people would walk past. This would make me so sad, I just wanted him to walk again. A few years went by and he not only started walking but also driving.

The Shawshank Redemption is without a doubt my favourite ever film and it was a huge inspiration throughout my dad’s journey to recovery. Quotes like, “hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies” inspired me, along with, “get busy living … or get busy dying.” However the quote that changed my life is, “fear can hold you prisoner … hope can set you free.” 

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