At What Point Does One Give Up?


Sometimes our life and decisions ultimately come down to whether we kept pushing on, or took the easy way out and gave up. We see so many examples of people around us everyday and they’re all either pushing through the shit they face or have given up, on something or the other, in some way or the other. It may feel like I’m excessively generalising here, and I felt so too for a while, but I believe its true for a lot of people, if not all of them.

Recently I saw a new TV series, which is ironic since it wasn’t aired on TV at all. The name’s Jessica Jones. You may have heard of it, considering the rave reviews and internet fanfare its been generating since it dropped. Obviously it has had its fair share of negative reviews which is understandable since the show has a unique tone and style to it so its not for everyone.

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Some Jessica Jones art

The show follows the struggles of the protagonist, Jessica Jones, when a mind-controlling ‘mutant’ called Kilgrave resurfaces and starts killing people again after Jones had seemingly killed him. Jones has endured trauma at the hands of Kilgrave as he mind-controlled her and ordered her to kill another woman against Jones’ wishes. As a result Jessica Jones has PTSD. Now, she is also a ‘mutant’ and has superhuman strength and the ability to fly so in a way she is one of the best equipped to stop Kilgrave so when she realises he’s back to killing people with his powers, she feels a sense of responsibility since she can stop him and probably should but is hindered by her trauma and she must push through it if she is to stop him. Or she could just run away and do nothing. There’s one quote by Jones herself in the show that sums this up very well:

Knowing its real means you gotta make a decision. One, keep denying it, or two, do something about it.

What do you think Jessica Jones decided to do?

It all comes down to whether you have the balls to dig in and work your way through it. If you put your heart and soul into it, then maybe, you have a shot at success.

So, at what point does one give up?

Let me rephrase that.

At what point should one give up?

How about never?

Dig in. Push through. Nothing’s as bad as it seems.

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