The Maury Show focuses on making men own up to their responsibilities. Though not the most philanthropic of TV programs, it serves as a shocking reminder for all of us to not take on what we can’t handle. Every single day, a child is given birth to, fatherless. I think it’s so cruel that people abuse the gift of reproduction because they simply fear the responsibilities of being a father.
Victor Frankenstein is one of those men. I think he should have gone on the Maury Show himself. (I made that meme up there, brilliant right?).
The paternity test would not be able to prove anything, but Victor still created Frankenstein himself. As soon as he came alive, however, Victor ran away from the repercussions. He was fearful of the monster he had created. Two long years had passed until he could bring this creature to life, and not until it’s limbs convulsed in awakening did he suddenly come to realization that he wasn’t ready.
“How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to form!”
He ran out of the room. Away from his ‘son’. Away from his inevitable fears. I don’t know why he thought he could avoid the situation; he would eventually have to face it. This relates back to health.
It takes a person years to create their monster. When I say monster, I mean poor body image.
People gain weight, lose confidence, begin to reject their own looks, and fear looking into the mirror because they would see what they have created. When I gained a lot of weight years ago, it wasn’t overnight. Over time, I ate junk food, stopped exercising, and I just wasn’t being healthy. This monster inside me grew, as I started to hate my looks. I felt and looked lethargic. How did I deal with it? Like Victor, I didn’t. I avoided it. What I didn’t understand at the time was this:
I would eventually have to deal with it. So why not start now?
If you created it, you can fix it. If you don’t, the repercussions will eventually get to you. In Victor’s case, his monster returned. His nightmare came true as Victor realized that Frankenstein was at fault for the death of his cousin. This also relates to health; if you continue to avoid making a change in your life, your health will be at risk. You will become vulnerable to illness, disease, and death.
That is why I urge you to not run from your monsters. Embrace them, and improve. Confront your fears and make the changes you need to, now, before it’s too late.
-Minh Thu Le