“There are two paths of which one may choose in the walk of life; one we are born with, and the one we consciously blaze. One is naturally true, while the other is a perceptive illusion. Choose wisely at each fork in the road.” -T.F. Hodge
Note: I wanted to try a new style of writing today. I would like to begin including some pictures from my perspective in Memphis to help the story along. Maybe I’ll throw in some images from Logan’s lovely city of Boston. I went there, once. It may work out, it may not. Either way, I have half a pot of coffee left and a pack of Skittles in my desk. I may drink the coffee now, but I will save the skittles for later. Anyway, pictures within the post, within the blog, within the internet, within the computer. Geez.
The Birds, the Bees, and Other Various Bits of Outlandish Nonsense
A few days ago, I found myself sitting at home with nothing to do. All of my work had been finished, I was slightly tired of reading, and the sun was beaming into every crack and crevice in Memphis. The temperature had reached its peak and I honestly just wanted a day of relaxation. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and I have never been one addicted to napping, so I decided to sit on the front porch and let nature seep into my mind. In silence, I listened. Just listened. If you haven’t done this, please do. Step outside, spread your arms out as wide as your joints will allow, and take a deep breathe of all that is around you. As humans, we get nourishment from the sun, the air, the plants, and the water covering our planet. My goodness it is refreshing. This Earth was either made for us with its vast number of energy sources, or we conformed to this wonderful environment as all carbon-based life forms do. Back to the story, the first thing I noticed was the birds. They were chirping away. Flapping their wings. Doing typical bird stuff that one would expect them to be doing on such a lovely day. I realized that these are simply bystanders in our lives, as we are in theirs. Birds have a completely different perspective of the Universe than us. What do they think about? Are they “conscious” beings? Flying, soaring, and viewing everything from all angles. Humans aren’t so lucky. Our forced addiction to the ground leads to a slightly different view. I want to break away from it. Have I tried to fly? Have I closed my eyes and attempted to take off until I developed a migraine? Yes. NEWSFLASH. It doesn’t work.
After getting lost in bird world for what seemed like eternity, I look downward into my front yard at the bumblebees zooming in and out of the weeds and flowers.
How gigantic did the field of grass that is my front yard seem to them? How miniature does it seem to us? How small does my yard seem to the birds? It was very humbling to come to the realization that all of these living creatures, including humans, are living on the same planet, but with completely different perceptions of the world around us. This blasts away my views of human significance. If we are the epitome of all life, why does other life exist without a need for human interaction, or an existence of life that has no effect on ours? Sure, we are pretty much the only species to make its way OUT of the food chain (we should all take a moment to appreciate this). That’s pretty neat. But seriously, doesn’t it lead you to ponder…just a little? Why don’t we question these things? Why are we so caught up in our fabulous lives that we can’t take a moment to notice that a fish has its own worries, issues, and ideas for surviving many generations to come? Think about it. To a fish, you may not exist but for a second in its life while being removed from a hook. Its friends didn’t see you. They don’t believe the stories about these weird things with two legs, standing on land and breathing air that removed it from a sharp metal object, which was pierced through its lip. Since we are being honest, you aren’t even significant enough to be a figment of a fish’s imagination. Sure, imagination seems infinite, but what kind of freakshow fish could come up with the idea of a human monster waiting above the water that catches you on a string, and cooks you. Let’s be real, in a fish’s mind….YOU PROBABLY DON’T EXIST. If you do, you are terrifying and should tone it down a notch.
Where am I going with this ramble? I don’t know. I just wanted to inform you how interesting awareness can be. Start paying attention to detail. Notice that beetle strutting boldly across the concrete and take a moment to appreciate his/her view of the world. Imagine what its perspective is. What good will this lead to? Probably none, but it sure is wonderful to fall into a daydream. Better yet, notice that you can choose to be a bystander in peoples’ lives, an extra, or a prop in the background. They may walk right by you with a simple glance, and never let you cross their mind again. But why take that route? There is a more fun option, if you are feeling sassy. Sassy like this squirrel.
You can also intervene and step into another beings life for a brief moment. We can enter their world and be lost within their memory, or create an event that will last a lifetime. It is all up to us. Isn’t that beautiful? ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. Think about this in your day to day conversations with strangers. Don’t be so fearful. Step back and view the world objectively, for what is truly is. There are so many lives, film reels, and imaginations existing all around us. They thrive in bacteria, animals, insects, and humans. Once again, step outside and take a look around you. Whose existence can you play a role in today? Whose imagination will spark with you in the scenery?