I can’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve laughed a good hearty laugh. I think I’m even starting to get wrinkles on my face for not smiling or laughing enough. I didn’t even know that was possible. Oh how I miss the old me! The one who was always optimistic and always looked on the bright side of things and always believed in people and in dreams. All that’s been erased by reality. And a really harsh one.
I graduated from college with, like every fresh graduate, big dreams for myself and for my contributions to the world. I do not know if it was a feeling of misplaced grandeur and/or exaggerated self-importance, but I had big visions of me helping in the eradication of our social evils, like famine, poverty and unequal access to clean tap water. If not helping, then at least not be indifferent about it. Well, I was in for some serious disillusionment! It was like a slap in the face.
I was met with a more or less universal attitude of indifference and complacency surrounding these issues. It is horrifying appalling how self-centered we have all become nowadays–all we care about is the latest fancy car, the largest shoe collection or the most expensive phone. And that too only to impress our neighbor, AND drown ourselves in a huge amount of debt. I love this quote by Will Smith:
“We spend money that we do not have, on things we do not need, to impress people who do not care.”
When did we become a society that is so full of itself? Is it the world that’s turning us into these heartless robots, or is it a behavior that’s innate in us, and we’re only using our busy lives as an excuse and a shield? I was definitely not prepared for this kind of welcome to real life. Now let me go put on a fake smile to minimize the onset of wrinkles.
Have you ever wondered if you’re on the right track in life? This simple question would imply that we assume that life is like a train: everyone has to be on the same journey, headed for the same destination. Well, what if you want something different out of life? What if the standards and ridiculous rules set by society don’t appeal to you?
What if what you want out of life is NOT having a family and NOT being burdened with a ten-year mortgage by the time you are 30? Does it mean you are a failure by society’s standards? If so, why is that? Why do we all blindly follow these rules that very rarely make us TRULY happy?
My idea of happiness would be to travel the world incessantly, continuously taste different cuisines, befriend people with cultures and languages different from mine, and being sunkissed by the setting sun in dozens of different countries every year, adopt a few kids and then mayyyybe settle down. I am all for getting out of my comfort zone. I respect people who love their little routine, but I honestly cannot understand how you guys do it.
Waking at the same time every day, doing the same thing every morning, going to work at the same time, coming back home, preparing dinner, and then being off to bed again at the same time for years on end is such a soul sucker for me! Just thinking about that depresses me…
I would hate for life to turn me into a bitter cat lady who’s crumbling under the weight of responsibilities she’s barely managing. We have been given life so we can thrive, whatever that may mean for each of us. After all, we are all looking for one single thing: happiness. I’m sure your purpose in life is not to suffer and inflict yourself as much pain as possible, no? Well, if you decide to journey along the left track to find that happiness, then power to you!