Contentment

I went to The Maze Runner this weekend after being intrigued by previews for the past few weeks. I haven't read the book, and didn't know what to expect. As the end credits rolled, I sat with a smirk on my face, my signal of approval.

Pacing, character development, and suspense were perfectly balanced as the story unfolded. But it was the main character, Thomas, who impressed me the most. Not because the kid who played him was a good actor (he was), but because he was intelligent, curious, and brave enough to assume that there had to be a better solution to his predicament than just doing nothing.

Contentment with unhappiness is a trap that so many people fall prey to. Sometimes it's easier to accept a crappy situation for what it is than to do something to change it. If you've already learned how to survive a certain set of circumstances, why would you risk not surviving under another? We like to think we're not given more than we can handle in life, which predisposes us to believe that we should have to handle everything thrown our way. But what if we don't?

I didn't have the best home life growing up, and longed for a different one. I kept a mental log of all the things I could change, all of the choices I would make once I was on my own. Dreams were always the one thing that no one could take away from me, and I clung to them as I made the rocky transition from adolescence into adult. I was determined, I knew what I wanted, and I knew how to work.

Some people like to make being grown up complicated, but really, it's not. You're the one in charge of your decisions, the one who has the power to change your life. You know what you're capable of, what your talents are, what your limitations are. And you know how much (or how little), you're willing to work to get what you want. There is always a way to make your life better, and there will always be someone willing to give you a hand if you're just willing to ask.