Plan A – be who you want to be!
Travel the world – if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there!
Realize your potential – learn a martial art – read and write – do it, think it, blog it!
Join a worthy cause – go on a crusade – and change The World!
Run from your shadow.
Plan B – be yourself.
Know yourself. And your limits.
Get paid. Get comfortable. Settle down.
Enjoy games, DVDs and other digital distractions.
(Or perhaps you are an intellectual? Busy your brain, then, with the words of men long dead.)
Get sex if you’re the type. Watch porn if you’re not.
Slow down. Meditate. Get enlightened. Get brainwashed.
SO – you can run from your shadow or distract yourself from it. Choose either strategy to postpone that inevitable, inescapable, final disappointment.
Reality... what do you think of as worthwhile? To some, there’s no point in getting angry if it’s just a game, but OF COURSE you should be angry when your bank statement comes in. That’s reality.
Others want to waggle their fists at buildings and feel sorry for those less well off. The real world, after all, is a world of suffering and oppression. That’s nice. It’s nice to have a cause.
Or perhaps it’s that special someone for whom you live your life; without whom life would be a ghostly imitation of reality. Sure.
The final alternative is to rely only on oneself, to choose one’s own purpose and pleasure. You then realise you are locked inside your own skull and there’s only room for one. All very noble, romantic, etc. However, any given “self” is constructed of repressed self-hate. And in my experienced, self-oriented people are the worst kind of cogs in the machine.
... it’s a game you play with your muscles, and the rules are DNA …
Behind your stated objectives, your narratives of progress, humanity and self: Who are you? Why do you wake up and walk and talk the way you do? Whose words are in your mind and in your mouth?