My last post was about simplicity. A kind of ‘smelling the roses’ theme. Moving from all the noise and hype – and just being.
So, I’ve decided to play my own devils advocate.
We live in a world where we are bombarded with information and sensate ‘noise’ … all the sounds, smells, colour and mega amounts of the stimuli of information technology … and a world way too complex for most of us.
And it can be really stimulating and energising and creative … and confusing and overwhelming and exhausting.
We feel like we’re overwhelmed by … too much. How can we … sort it, make choices and decisions, grow, learn – even just keep up.
You can’t and you don’t.
In this century we are faced (and in our face) with so much stimuli and internal/external pressures (and in positive language speak – ‘challenges’) that we either do the gerbil running in the cage thing – or – shut down.
We go online … watch a tv show… read a self help/business book … do another seminar (and where are the self help groups for the seminar junkies?) … go on a reality show (nasty) … listen to a talk in radio show … try and be an expert … more noise … more noise … more noise
And – in a really funny way – we as individuals are still trying to do what human beings have been trying to do since we wandered out of the caves.
We are trying to find a place – a purpose – a bloody good reason for being here – an answer.
We are not unique in history.
I once said to someone I love very much who was slowly killing themself that they needed to decide whether they wanted to live or to die. Once they made that choice I would help them make it happen.
If you decide to live … then you have a certain power to then choose what living will mean to you.
You choose what all this complex mess can mean for you … sit under a tree for the next 50 years … build a multi million euro business … have a family … be a hermit … collect rocks … meditate 50 different ways … eat chocolate … travel … grow things … write … go camping … become a guru …
Just don’t numb out.
I don’t give a shit as long as you are doing/being what you want to be. And you know that there are lots of options – so go play.
You don’t have to finish everything you start … you don’t have to be a good girl/boy … you don’t have to ‘fit in’… you also don’t have to be mega noisy extravert just cause you think that’s what being successful is about (although I’ll fight for your right to be a mega noisy extravert if that’s what you want to be).
See … simple is complex.
It’s not definitive … it’s never absolute.
If you see yourself as a work in progress then that just opens up so many avenues for exploration. You’re never really finished so why close down your options?
I turned 48 two days ago and I see a plethora of avenues before me …
Sometimes I just get thru each day and am glad I didn’t lose it. Most days are much better than that.