Rory asked a profound question a couple of days back;
He said; When does it all start to really matter? Now l ask you the same question and allow you to interpret as you so wish – am l referring to happiness, wasting time, family, relationships, buying a house, having kids, fulfilling dreams, having the dream job, taking the right holiday or vacation, allowing life to pass by, not achieving anything or simply what really matters in life and how do you prioritise your focus?
So, l ask you all …
When does it all start to really matter?
I think it really starts to matter when we understand the meaning and purpose of our life. For me, this came early. I was a thinker even in my childhood and my circumstances made me ponder on the meaning of life more than the average teenager.
I wanted to know why certain things happen to some people and not others? Why people are not kind and considerate to those who are innocent and defenseless? Why fate maneuvered my life in ways that were incomprehensible for me?
The answers gave me an inkling into the purpose of my life. From that point I started to make decisions that gave meaning to my actions. I don’t mean to tell you that I was very good or wise since those early days but it helped my straighten up my thoughts and guided my actions.
With time and age I have found that this gave me a foundation upon which I’ve built my life. I think my every action matters and nothing is without purpose in life. And yes, I believe everything happens for a reason. Whatever has happened in the past, it has shaped my character and have laid a foundation for my present and future.
So coming back to my original answer, I would say that it starts to matter when we start to understand the meaning of our lives.
For Writers Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge, the sky is the limit. Especially this week as it is writer’s choice—that’s YOU, the writer.
My choice this week is;
How we are inspired to write;
“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it” ~Neil Gaiman
I love this quote about how we get inspired to write. Just sitting at the cafe, people watching at the mall or walking by myself, I suddenly get an idea that I think would make a good blog post.
Sometimes, we don’t need something dramatic to inspire us. The situations and the circumstances around us inspire us to write. Political climate is a great motivator. People should rise their voices or pick up their pens if they want to change the world around them.
“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
– Robert Frost
Although, I don’t consider myself a poet, I love this quote as it is absolutely true for me too. Whenever I write a poem, I never think it out or bother to find rhyming words for it. I let it come directly from my mind to my paper ( metaphorically). Afterwards, I might edit the mistakes but nothing much.
It sounds easy, but it really isn’t! But those who write, and have the talent for storytelling, they would find it easy! For the rest of us, it is hard work.
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
– Sylvia Plath
This quote brings us back a full circle back to the first quote. It’s all about the imagination to notice happenings around us and the courage to write about them.
I hope you find the topic for this week’s WQWWC interesting.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “hope.”Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!
Days pass Good days and bad days We start every day with hope And live through whatever life brings Without hope it would not be possible To get up every day to face life and its challenges Without hope we would just stay in bed And wouldn’t find the courage we need I hope today is a good day for you too!
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
Freedom of thought and imagination is one gift that no one can take from us. The body is a prisoner of the humdrum daily grind but the flight of imagination can soar high any time and anywhere.
When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.
The freedom to be oneself! Something that is hard-won oftentimes. Not to conform to the expectations of of what others think about you, or expect of you!
Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.
Freedom, or liberation from the opinion of the society. From my personal experience, this is a freedom that requires a lot of willpower and sustained effort. But once you’ve achieved this freedom, you are really and totally free. Then it won’t matter to you that so and so thinks that you dress oddly or a certain friend or family member is disappointed by your refusal to do something for them.
Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Oh to be truly free, let go of useless emotions like anger and anxiety. Shed your burdens and feel the weight lift off your shoulders.
Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word crime, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘We Can Work It Out’, or by going with another song by The Beatles, or anything else that you think fits.
When a crime is committed, all the righteous people stand up to support the wronged party. Passioned speeches, articles, pleas to those in charge, and demands for action to right the wrong are common.
Nothing wrong with that. In fact, these are actions that are laudable and honorable. But few are interested in correcting the circumstances that lead to a crime. Injustice and inequality are two leading causes of crime in today’s world.
Our world is suffering from an imbalance. This imbalance has always been there but now it’s become more visible because some people have become bolder to the extent that they disregard principles of decency and humanity. It is to a large extent due to the open expression of contempt for people belonging to races other than themselves. People of other religions, cultures are being victimized and without shame by some.
If the causes for these crimes is eliminated, there are chances that our world would be a better place. Eliminate inequality and injustice so that we all can live in a free world.
Today is Juneteenth, the day slavery supposedly ended in the USA. Let’s end the discrimination too, forever.
Are you happy now? Now that you have all that heart desires, the wealth, power, and treasures beyond the mind could imagine. Or have you realized that power and wealth are useless unless your soul is at peace.
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time”