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A theme in my work is making the best of a bad situation, rather than giving up or giving in when faced with insurmountable odds. In this case, Rapunzel is not passively waiting for someone to come and rescue her. Rather, she has creatively taken the initiative. She has worked out that escape from her tower is not possible, at least not at this time. She has realized, though, that there is nothing keeping the tower rooted to one place. With a little clever engineering, she has changed the terms of her imprisonment in her own favor. She is still trapped to some extent, yet mobile and with her hair flowing free (rather than being tugged taut by someone hanging off of it).
A bad situation does not necessarily present a binary choice between staying in the situation (a bad job, an abusive relationship, a difficult existence) and escaping the situation completely. Take a step away from the “badness” (or “goodness”) of the situation and just accept it as the hand you have been dealt in life. Getting rid of the situation (getting rescued from the tower in this case) may mean missing out on the greater opportunities the problem presents in favor of taking the easier or less painful route. Embracing the situation, on the other hand, will be more difficult in the short run but make your life richer in the longer term.
This is NOT the same as saying people should just accept their bad situations. No one should stay in an abusive relationship. No one should just accept an oppressive circumstance. However, you should also not just escape in a way that make you recreate the relationship or dynamic anew in a different situation, nor ignore the strengths that may grow from the challenges you faced. The situation arose because of a problem, or a tangle of problems. Push through those problems instead of trying to around or away from them.
Make your tower mobile.