I am a puzzle fanatic. This statement may seem unbelievable to the people who know me well, giving that I am awful at playing puzzle games. I never see the pieces that should fit together fast enough and images that children can assemble in only ten minutes, I usually solve in twenty.
But human puzzles! Oh, the human life puzzle! The pieces that build the human life puzzle fascinate me and drag me on this imaginary adventure that I can never get enough of. Each piece can be shaped in ten thousand ways; it can be questioned and remolded until it forms this never seen before character with unique traits. You never follow a predefined image; the final image is a mystery that awaits to be discovered with each step of the way.
Mark Abouzeid’s life puzzle is like a perfectly designed roller coaster ride. Whenever the puzzle pieces seem to not fit together, when everything seems like a big jumble, a new trait comes into play and creates an almost weird harmony.
For the past two weeks I have been playing in the big jumble that we created through interviews, taking out one piece at a time, spreading them out on a “board”, only to put them back together again in perfect balance. His character can make you laugh and cry at the same time; he can make you want to give him a warm hug in his worst moments as well as shut the door in his face when he becomes a mirror of your own flaws.
The more I listen, the more it becomes clear that the human life puzzle is never something that can be anticipated. It never begins nor ends in the same four corners of the “board”. It doesn’t have a predetermined faith. The human life puzzle is a secret, ready to be unveiled to those who want to understand it.