INSPIRATION

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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