Sunday, 17 March 2013

Your thoughts and opinions will change like the dunes of the desert...

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. 

20 comments:

  1. I love escaping. I'm talking books, movies, holidays and blogs. Let's not forget being in love. It's what makes us human, Az, and I'm all for it. ;)

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  2. P.S.: And there's also religion.....

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    1. I also love to escape Randy, it's the only thing that makes this life bearable!

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    2. And your favorite kind of escape would be...?

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  3. A life that I don't need to escape from. What a concept.

    Is there still empty beach space at Bora Bora and will anyone object if I build a shack under a likely looking palm tree? I have the means to buy fuel for the generator until my eventual death.

    Is there sufficient bandwidth for me to have the Internet in my shack?

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    1. No one will object LL. And I think that bananas and sufficient bandwidth will become the staple of the Island.

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  4. I think it's natural to want to somehow escape from a monotonous routine. And that it's all just a balancing act between monotony (which doesn't necessarily have to be miserable) and something more stimulating.

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    1. The thing is, Roving Retorter, anything that is done on a daily basis - even if it's travelling for a living - loses it's lustre and appeal once it's labelled as "work". So the way I see it, we were born to want to escape things... it's only natural. And anyone claiming to not wanting to escape may be too depressed to muster the energy to want to do so.

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  5. You're so right. It's this weird dual life that I feel we live where we want EVERYTHING and don't have all of one thing. Or that's just my interpretation because I'm a greedy bastard. But I don't ever want to lose that dream of someday having it all.. even if it won't really happen and I'm deluding myself

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    1. I think it's natural to want everything Rooth - we're all greedy bastards at the end of the day. But reality is often different from our dreams ;)

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  6. Yes and yes. YES. Yes-yes-yes. As always, your posts are oddly calming and wonderful. I guess we're wired to want to explore and escape, find out what's happening "over there"...but yes, as long as that doesn't become the primary focus in terms of stopping us from finding enjoyment in quotidian things, then it's not an issue.

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    1. Pretzel Thief, I would like to escape and explore over there on your side of the world :D

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  7. Azra - If your facebook is indicative of who you are then you are FRIKKIN awesome.
    As for this we can all just drop what we're doing and go and live in Bora Bora when we feel like it. " You know how I feel about this....start packing.

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    1. Bora Bora again ;) We definitely have to rob a bank or build a boat.

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    2. Aw Thanks Jules, I think you're mighty awesome yourself and count myself lucky to have you as one of my FB friends :)

      As for Bora Bora - I reckon we should start a fund... as in, work it into our budgets. Or at least try ;D

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    3. Doesn't a bank robbery sound so much more exciting than saving up money until we're wrinkled and hospitalized? A bunch of bloggers saying 'Stick 'm up!' followed by a year of relaxation on our private Bora Bora beach... Well?

      P.S. I like what?

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  8. i think if i live my dreams everyday, i will get bored after a while and then i want something else. it helps to embrace and make the most of whats around so that vacation or escapade could actually mean something :)
    hope you're well, Azra!

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  9. Jaya, you can always join our Bora Bora escapade :)

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  10. that's a really wise sentence or quote. Too bad so few people can have a life which seems like a vacation.

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