A Mazed

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Why do we have a maze on our robot’s mirror plate?

Mirror maze
A symbol of our robotics journey

When you first pick it up,

there is a strange allure to its madness.

You vaguely know where the end point is,

but the path to that end is completely unknown.

You make your entrance.

Corridor by corridor, corner by corner.

Things start moving, progressing,

some say even smooth sailing…

Then you hit your first dead end.

Confusion ensues.

Retrace your steps.

Find the way out.

Route after route,

Round and round you go.

Passageways once explored

out of curiosity and wonderment,

become familiar alleyways revisited

with disdain and despondency.

"I mean, there must come a point

when I'm back at square one,

where I've failed so many times,

that only one, correct, path remains


Your vision tunnels, your focus sharpens.

Time appears to dilate,

but the path forward

finally grows clearer.

Yet strangely, as the end draws near,

the unshakeable feeling of pointlessness

over the entire endeavour

only grows stronger.


what lies in the centre of it all,

the "end" of the road,

is just a simple, plain mirror.

It shows your reflection,

serving as a reminder

that this journey's purpose

has always been you.

Your strongest motivator;

your greatest enemy.

Every lesson gained;

every suffering endured.

The constant stream of bad luck

which you have cursed at so passionately

as being the work of some evil entity,

becomes most laughable

in the face of the lifeless environment.

The only dynamic factor

the only thing that has changed

throughout this course

is you.

Despite gaining clarity

over the absurdity of your situation,

the urge still remains

to travel this maze once more,

this time going the opposite way,

from the inside-out…

just for fun.