While sitting today in office scanning through, what seemed like an endless trail of emails in my inbox I came across something which I had saved for myself and it felt more like a message from my past to my future self. I had come across this in XKCD Comics and typed this in a notepad (because it is an image) and saved it in my inbox. The first question popped in my head as soon as the email appeared in front of my eyes was “What is this”, and then I read it. The piece was good so I immediately understood it is not my creation ;), the next obvious question was where did I find it? I turned to Google to help me in this. I pasted the entire text, which you’ll read in few minutes. Google with all its might and prowess displayed a huge collection of results! The very first link reminded me about the source – a webcomic. So I followed the link which Google found for me and read the particular comic strip and smiled. The next question was, when did I save this? I looked to the upper right corner of the email body and found it was 20th Apr 2012, and in came memories like a flood – it was my parents 25th Anniversary and they were away on a holiday for a family gathering at my Grandparents’ place to celebrate the occasion and I was laboring in a project at work because my supervisor didn’t grant me a leave for this. The mood then was very somber and full of hatred towards everything! So I guess you would have understood why I did save this, the entire situation was like that and I found something which I could relate to.
I re-read the email again and tried contemplating if things have changed and if the conditions are any better. Well, the things are definitely better then what they were, the work has smoothened and I can give more time to my creative side by reading more thought provoking materials and writing about them. But still a lot has to change for me to realize my “Dreams” so I am getting back to what I was doing and work so that one day my dreams do come true. Here is the content of the email.
The infinite possibilities each day holds should stagger the mind. The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking and I am sitting here refreshing my inbox. We live trapped in loops, reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only a handful of paths laid out ahead of us. We see same thoughts, each day a slight variation on the last, every moment smoothly following the gentle curves of the societal norms. We act live if we just get through today, tomorrow our dreams will come back to us.
And no, I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know how to jolt myself into seeing what each moment could become. But I know one thing: the solution doesn’t involve watering down my every little idea and creative impulse for the sake of sake of someday easing my fit into a mold. It doesn’t involve tempering my life to better fit someone’s expectations. It doesn’t involve constantly holding back for the fear of shaking things up.
Keep Questioning yourself, as to if your mind and you are synchronous. As this email suggests, answers are terminus, a dead end. Answers are fine, but questions are where it is at. They can start a converstation or Spark a Revolution. So you may as well start asking now!
Picture courtesy marcandangel.com