During the holidays, I had a chance to sit down to watch a movie with my mother and younger sister. A colleague of my mom sent us The Shawshank Redemption, a film about two convicts, one of them serving a life sentence, condemned on the false charges of murdering his wife.
The story traces the friendship that evolves between an ex-banker named Andy Dufresne and Ellis “Red” Redding over 19 years. During the time, Andy is sucked into the corruption of the prison guards while he also uses his new found privileges to set up a library with a variety of books and vinyl records for the benefit of the prisoners.
Through his nineteen years of the prison sentence, Andy undergoes a variety of misfortunes. Some of which are unspeakable. However, there is something about Andy that keeps us hooked to him.
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He lives in the hope that someday soon in the future, his life will turn around and he will live a freeman. He never stops believing in it. Even when Red, Andy’s best friend, protests that such hope is false. Andy corrects his saying, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
The statement stayed with me even after the movie got over. (I am not going to divulge how the movie ends, but every one of you should watch the film.)
By then, my younger sister had gone to sleep on my mother’s lap. And then I realized that my mom is Andy Dufresne in real life. She is incredibly patient and is always able to see life as half full instead of half empty. She is full of hope and believes that no matter how bad a situation looks, there will be a chance for it to improve if we give our best.
I am grateful to my mom for teaching my sister and me that no matter how grim the situation looks today, there is always a better tomorrow.
To all my friends, I ask you to look at life with hope. Don’t worry about not scoring a 100 in Maths or not being able to look like a diva. Have faith, everything will be alright.
Always remember, faith is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.