Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Assumption of a rejection

In this prime state of ours as fully dependent beings, the 21st century does not make life easier even with the vast amount of information at our fingertips. Reality is no longer the brick-and-mortar it used to be as we move pass the death of indifference. As we are ruled by what is merely perceived of the current world, inevitably, it is going to have a detrimental effect on the maintenance of a salubrious consciousness.

However, perception is, most of the time, a simple guess or assumption that one holds - an idea that shall carve the way for a mass of followers to end up falling short of, eventually. Yet, the masses are willing to be blinded by a bucket of tears for a loss that never was in the first place. How can we mourn over what never came to be?

A simple example is witnessed by society’s obsession to fulfill a destiny that is written for those other than themselves. Although commendable, there is no certainty a hoary formula that works for one is going to guarantee similar success for all. So, is it fair to clump together adversaries with the wicked when all they did was making use of opportunities? In The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho wrote about learning to listen to a universal language; I call it the ability to accept one’s fate and not be an ingrate about the path uniquely laid out for us.

With the massive influence of social networking, there is a high increase of diffidence in not only our youths, but also in the adults who are feeling the heat of not appearing presentable enough on their online profile. But as the pressure mounts for the neighbor’s son to claim success a la Justin Bieber, there is this lack of effort among us to warn him of the possibility of becoming an unlikely sensation following that of Rebecca Black.

Is it thus worth comparing acceptance by the number of views received when the rejection perceived is no more than a soft nudge by the universe toward a direction more analogous to the individuality of a person?

To assume that a better life lies in parallel to current reality is akin to questioning the worthiness of taking another breath. The grass will always be greener on whichever side the sun is shining upon as long as there is effort and care, without any sentiment of regret or longing for a perceived idealism that hangs in limbo. Shortcuts are the shortcomings of a failure. Nothing is as exceptionally beautiful as witnessing triumph at the end of a long winding road.

Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because of supposed ‘lack of imagination’; Albert Einstein was expelled from school; Vincent Van Gogh was only able to sell one painting during his lifetime; Steven Spielberg was rejected from the University of Southern California three times; J. K. Rowling was living on welfare before her talent was acknowledged, etc.

Never mourn a dream assumed to be the key.

If the future seems out of reach, try facing where the wind is whistling in your heart.



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Syaza said...

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