There’s this idea that lots of us have that if we wish hard enough, and with all our hearts, then God, The Universe or fairies will present us with the thing that we want most in the world. This almost never works out, and that’s actually a good thing.
I’ve spent a lot of time in my 46 years wishing for things and being disappointed only to discover later that something better, more interesting, or more suited to my needs was around the corner.
Most of the time we have no idea what all the possibilities for ourselves even are. How can we? The only thing we have to go on is our own past experiences, or the experiences of others that we’ve heard or read secondhand. The vast majority of us envision our futures using a template of the past or present.
The truly marvelous part of human existence lies in the uncertainty.
Now, I know lots of folks find uncertainty terrifying. But the not-knowing of our humanity is actually the most interesting and exciting part of being alive. It’s the grand adventure that each one of us takes, with twists and turns and heroes and villains. Romance and danger, plot twists and red herrings.
We think we know what we want. We think we know what will make us happy. We think we know ourselves, and that we understand our full potential. But after four and half decades I can say very little with certainty except this: we don’t know shit. We barely know anything about ourselves, much less the rest of the universe.
The people I admire most are those who, through the use of imagination and by embracing the entropy of their humanness, discover new ways of doing, thinking and creating. They discover.
Discovery demands that we overcome a fear of the unknown.
The key to our fulfillment can never come through latching on to ideologies, beliefs or practices and clinging to them dogmatically. Rather, we realize our full potential when we open ourselves up to the fullness of our human existence, even when we don’t understand it; learning to control ourselves, our instrument of experience, while watching the mystery unfold around us.
Let us explore it all with genuine wonder.