A few days ago while cruising my Facebook news feed, something occurred to me. Facebook, and actually social media on the whole, has become a sort of billboard for our convictions. And it got me thinking that if this is indeed true, are we really what we post or tweet?
It's easy to say yes, we are, but I'm not entirely convinced see. Because there are many posts or tweets that I can relate to and agree with, and some that I would re-post and re-tweet, that I may not be decided on. And sometimes, I may just change my mind about something, which I'm well entitled to do in my personal capacity.
Take this meme that I've re-posted on Facebook a few days ago as an example:
My initial thought was that this is so true and it's something I've always thought or believed, but then something else happened. I became keenly aware of my resentment to the mentality that we can all just drop what we're doing and go and live in Bora Bora when we feel like it.
And this is where the dichotomy of my conviction exists. Is it possible to live your dreams? Yes it is. Is it important that you believe whole-heartedly that you can achieve whatever it is you want to achieve without setting limits to your capabilities? Absolutely!
But - the inevitable BUT enters the equation - is it also not equally important to live in the real world, to embrace the here and now, and not live (perpetually) in the clouds, constantly building castles in the sky?
The truth is, I don't know anyone who doesn't have some kind of commitment or obligation to see to, that inhibits them in various capacities, and ultimately prevents them from running off to join the circus or the next search for the lost city of Atlantis.
And maybe for those people, looking forward to their next vacation is their only respite from an otherwise dreary existence.
I STILL believe in Godin's words though. Life shouldn't be something we're constantly trying to escape. But such is life, and things are rarely as easy or as simple as they seem.