#45 End – ‘Riding Away Into the Sunset’

For a long time Hollywood movies have suffered from something called ‘Rocky Syndrome’*, where by any movie featuring a quintessential hero must fight, lose, fight, win. It is the pattern for every superhero movie, cowboy movie and every Rocky movie ever made. The protagonist must go through struggle, pain and deal with loss before they can be victorious. Then in the moment of final victory, when they’re battered, bruised and bleeding, our protagonist trots off in a moment of reflection, off into the sunset, as the title credits roll down the screen. How lovely.

What happens when the camera stops rolling?

Well this peaceful reflection you were seeing is actually a mad dash to the nearest hospital to recover. The little town our cowboy hero just liberated has extremely inadequate medical facilities for such a rural settlement. They had to leave immediately in order to make it to the nearest hospital before dying. Upon reaching A&E* they then sit for hours hoping the producers of the movie do not petition for a sequel.

I would never want to compare myself to a hero who has done such heroic things like liberate a small town single-handedly* –  but I have been snatching victory from the jaws of defeat for 3 days in a row now. 3 days my, now ex, girlfriend’s friends have been visiting and I am still here at the end of it. Still happy and still feeling good. Tired, but good.

Our hero Mindfump fought off all mental aggressors –  battled and tussled for days. He lost a few fights here and there, but he has won the war. The lottery of uncertainty has now ended, only triumph and victory remains. Off he trots into the sunset for a well-earned rest…

Mmm, not so fast little buddy.

The producers have not only written one sequel, they have written 17,476* sequels. I built these three days up in my head as a battle, a 3 day marathon of mental challenges. I didn’t quite think of the endgame, the story doesn’t end after the 3 days are over. I am just hoping like the Rocky films, by the 7th sequel I am just a bit part, a bystander, helping other people go through their own battles. I can deal with betrayal and mistrust, just don’t give me any more mental illness roles.


*A thing I made up entirely.

*Or ER for our American readers.

*Just did.

*That is based on the amount of days the average person has left alive from my age.

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  1. S. Hansen

    Excellent as usual, still waiting on that cape to appear 😛
    If it helps… you’re a side character in my story… It’s a pretty slow to start series of films, mostly the protagonist is just fumbling around not really achieving anything. But you are only a side character so that’s a bonus right?

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    1. Mindfump

      Thank you as always good sir for your kind words. I think if ever there was a time for a cape to appear – that would of been it. Had I not been completely exhausted, I think it might of crossed my mind. I should run all my posts by you before I post them to make sure I haven’t missed a trick. Very happy to be a part of your story though, as you are equally in mine.

      I should have a bit of a relaxed day tomorrow, and a lot of free time. The flu has almost gone as well, so I will finally get a good crack at your project.

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          1. S. Hansen

            Hiding, Editor Hansen is a borderline agoraphobe. But gains a superpowered confidence boost when partnered up with Captain Mindfump xD
            This is comic book gold right here… I should start drawing


  2. Phil Ryan

    I think we have all been guilty of sometimes taking 17476 days at a time but if we break it down into more manageable amounts. A day, an hour, five minutes. I don’t want to face today, dunno why, just one of those head days. My plan is to get out of bed and take it from there.

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    1. Mindfump

      Exactly, we are the masters of our making, so we don’t need to look 17,476 days ahead. Sorry to hear you are having a tough day though Phil, you take your time. If there is anything I can do to help then let me know.

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      1. Phil Ryan

        Oh thanks, Mindfump. These days come along less frequently than they did so if I kept a wall chart the well being line would still be heading in a good direction overall.
        Keep writing entertaining pieces is all I can ask 🙂

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  3. Gabe Burkhardt

    I get you. No matter how close I am, when friends or family come to stay, I’m fighting an inner battle to stay OK. I don’t know if I could handle someone else in my home for more than a day, much less 3, so you are definitely a heroine in my book.

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