Fight, Flight, or Freeze

Adél Mihályi

Life itself is a straight labyrinth.

From the very beginning, we are surrounded with questions. We try to figure out the answers, but later realize the more we discover, the more problems occur. They lead us with the ‘donkey and stick’ method, showing us hints at a solution, but we are so focused on the carrot that we hit our heads against the wall. After reaching multiple dead ends, we look around and find ourselves even further from the exit we were looking for the whole time.

This is the point when we get panicked and just want to escape; we would do anything just to leave this maze behind. We look at the thread that has followed all our footsteps: it is strangled by its own tangles. How is it ever going to be straight?

As Joseph Sugarman, a character from the series BoJack Horseman, said: “Time’s arrow neither stands still nor reverses, it merely marches forward.” It is moving on a straight path, and we try our best to keep pace with it, while wandering in the chaos.

…But that is impossible. Sometimes, we just have to stop fighting, forget the grey walls, the rushing time. We have to look at the sky and think about how, at the very same moment, someone else is doing the same thing, while forgetting about their own labyrinth, their life.