Why do we love Shawshank so much?
It offers hope. It shows us that no matter where we feel boxed in or trapped in any aspect of our life, there’s a way out with people who find us on the other side.
It shows us that we’re not alone. Because damn today was a tough day. And I survived. And you survived.
So it shows us that with each tear and drop of sweat, we lose parts of ourselves so that we can gain so much more.
It shows us that no matter what we go through, just like Andy Dufresne, we can “crawl through a river of shit and come out clean on the other side”. Not without bruises, not without scars, but shedding what no longer serves us so we can resurface with a more ingrained and deeply-rooted sense of dignity, integrity, and love.
No matter what you’re going through right now, know that someone somewhere is going through a similar experience, and by allowing yourself to feel it completely, you’re giving us all the gift of hope of coming out through the other side alive.
“I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.”