With respect to Socrates, my unexamined life is not worth living. The front room is the face we show everyone but we hide our true self in the back room.
Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort. I heard that during a TED talk and it stayed with me. I like the idea of placing emphasis on meaning, on the pursuit of meaning, especially as it pertains to the things that make us feel uncomfortable. Going after the things we do not know but would like to is more stimulating to our soul than trying to have a safe life, hoping no one will bother us.
We can try to avoid discomfort but sooner or later we’re going to be in situations we don’t like. Put simply, we have no idea what the other person will do, we only know and take responsibility for what we do. We cannot predict the future nor have total control over our environment so it becomes beneficial to our soul, freeing, to seek the unknown and follow every thread.
If there is something you want to know or something you want to do, you owe it to yourself to go for it.
I told myself I would write something spectacular one day. My words are telling. Rather than staying in the present and writing without pressure of greatness I chose to place a high standard with which to disappointment myself and attributed it to the future, some time, down the road, when you are older, you will write the masterpiece.
With that undue pressure, or even, considering such a statement as pressure, the once thrilling promise reverts quickly into fear. And I do nothing.
May this blog be the scratchpad for inspiration.