Friday, January 26, 2007

What's this Life for?

The way I see it, we've got one shot. We can make anything we want of it.

I've got a lot in my head right now. I'll try and put some of it down coherently. I feel like, in the spirit of "we can make anything we want of it", that I should say, don't take anything I say or anyone else says at face value. We all see the world differently and need to find our own meaning in things.

Our family, friends, society, put constraints on us. They expect us to act a certain way, to live a certain way. As we grow up, we reflect everything we see and hear. It's a part of learning to interact and communicate. It seems to me, though, that at some point this becomes boring and mundane. We grow tired of just copying and doing what we were always told we should be doing; trying to measure up to other people's standards.

Isn't everyone else going through the same thing? They were taught all kinds of things and continue to teach similar things to others. It's a big continuous cycle. But, I ask, where did it start? Everyone's saying something a little bit different. Who's right and how do we know that they're right?

At some point, don't we have to ask what's important to ourselves? What do we want to do?

Of course, no man is an island. The things, activities, ideas, that I love are a hundred times more joyful when I'm sharing them with someone I love. So communication is important. All those things that reigned us in when we were growing up give us a basis for sharing later on.

Hrm... how do I say it? If we can break some of the constraints on us, that tell us who we should be, we can start to be who we think we ought to be. Why should it matter who we are or what kind of life we live, if we're acting by our own compass and embracing what's meaningful to us? This philosophy ought to be held highly over being another sheep in the flock. Take the road less traveled! Why not do what we believe in and be passionate about it and confident in it?

If people around us are afraid to accept us for who we are, isn't that just indicative of closed-mindedness and self-consciousness? Aren't they just afraid of what some other people will think, like, guilty by association? What if the confidence we show them, leading our own lives, rubs off a bit? So what if someone puts a label on us, if we aren't so concerned with what other people think? All the derogatory sexual, racial, gender, etcetera, terms that are used to keep us in control are meaningless if we don't get offended and feed the ego of whoever's spitting them. Why not respond with sympathy? They're just as confused as we are, probably. A little love might turn them around!

This journey we call life, is exactly that! Nobody really knows where we're going or what's really out there. But every day we learn something new. We can choose to believe anything we want. I see the whole thing as a great mystery! Each day brings about excitement and new revelations. Each day is an opportunity to take a chance, broaden our horizons, and try something new. We've got a chance to come up with some new material to feed the next generation and make our world what we want it to be.

Blahr, 'nuff for now. Peace.

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