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127 Hours
by Crystal O'Gorman

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This is directed by Danny Boyle, same director as Slum Dog Millionaire.

This is directed by Danny Boyle, same director as Slum Dog Millionaire.
Have you ever met one of those people who are not afraid of risks? Not just unafraid, unbothered by danger? If not, I dare you to watch 127 Hours.

To me, taking a risk is going hiking through the woods or yard sale scavenging, not scaling rocks in Canyon land. However, for Aron Ralston, this is just the weekend. He is experienced. He is tedious at timing his adventures and monitoring his whereabouts, but his snarky attitude lets him easily forget that he isn't invincible.

Skipping forward, imagine having your arm trapped by a boulder out in the middle of nowhere. Yep. Things can change quickly. Try being stuck like that for 127 Hours. That gives you some time to think about all your not-so-respectable traits. But it's just a movie, right?

This could never happen in REAL life.

But, it really did!

Aron Ralston is not just a character played by James Franco. He is a real person with family and friends who love him. He is a man that was face-to-face with his life and his decisions and it scared the hell out of him!

But the
The beginning.

The beginning.
thought of changing his selfish attitude is not what directly drove him to get out of that cavern alive; indirectly, it was the family he loved, the family he didn't call, the family he was not showing his love too.

However, on the flip side, it was his love for them that pushed him not to give up. After five days, just as gruesomely depicted in the movie, he found a way to use a dull knife to cut off part of his arm. But it doesn't end there. He still has to climb up the cliff and walk miles before being found by a rescue team.

Of course, this was a turning point in his life. He changed his ways; he spent more time loving others, and now he is a motivational speaker and a new dad.

Fortunate for most of us, we do not have to go through such a devastating ordeal to find ourselves. However, I do believe that each one of us has to face demons, in one way or another. The important thing is not what the situation is but how we react to it.

Aron did the right thing. He found the courage to face his fears and do what he needed to do to
The fear sets in.

The fear sets in.
overcome such a tragedy. One hand or not, he is a stronger person because of it.

It's not always easy to face challenges, but here is a list of ways to endure the worst of it.

1. Journal your experiences.
Writing down or video tapping (Aron really videotaped his ordeal in REAL life!) whatever it is your going through will not only help you get it off your chest, but it will also help you look back and see how you've grown.

2. Take deep breaths.
Stressful situations such as these can be extremely overwhelming, but if you lose your cool, you will never get over it and things will only get worse. Breathe in through your nose while counting to five, hold it for five and control your release counting to five. This will help you calm down, so you can begin to think without the anxiety of the situation lingering over your head.

3. Use Imagery to positively see yourself overcome it.
In the movie, after Aron imagines all the people and opportunities he would lose if he were to give up and die, he begins to imagine what he could gain
Painful, but surviving.

Painful, but surviving.
out of living. I guess it's true that your life flashes before your eyes, but you must remember through all the regret, sadness and frustration that it's not over yet: you can make a difference. And that difference starts with your perception of the future.

4. Trust yourself.
Now that you've imagined overcoming your challenge, let go of fear and trust in yourself. You can do it! You will do it!

5. You don't have to fight your battles alone.
Yes, Aron's situation was one of solitude, but for most cases, you can ask for help. It's okay to do so. Believe in yourself and when you need some extra guidance, reach out for it from people you can trust. Just remember, it's only guidance, you have to make a change to make it last.

Not every challenge is life or death, but that doesn't mean it isn't difficult. Follow these tips and use Aron's story as an inspiration to overcome challenges in your own life.

Please comment below if you have an inspiring story about overcoming challenges or if you have any advice for situations such as these.

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Other columns by Crystal O'Gorman:

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Without Conventions in Waiting for Forever

Kid Movies

Children of Men...'Nuff Said!

The Yin-Yang of Perfectionism and the Black Swan

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Crystal O'Gorman
I am a big dreamer from a small town searching for the meaning of life and using movies as a window of opportunity to understand the world around me. I remember working at the local, family-operated movie store as a teenager and being completely fascinated by the way movies bring the rest of the world to your finger tips.

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