jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,

Identity crises

“At the time, my life just seemed too complete, and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.” Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Who are we?

What are we?

Why are we here? (I don't just mean here on this earth but here on LJ, here with our family, here with our thoughts etc.)

To really answer these questions, and slew just like them, we need to let go of our historical preconceptions. (Or is it our social conditioning?) If not, then I fear we'll end up living someone else's life.

This isn't about living a monastic sort of existence -- although that wouldn't be such a bad idea -- but letting go of everything sufficient to come alive to something real. You might do it by living in nature (Thoreau) or fasting for a day or two or simply accepting a new set of beliefs for longer than it takes for them to go out of fashion. In fact, anything will do unless as long as it's (radically) different to what you've previously experienced.

Of course, right now, we're locked into the seasonal joy of Christmas and possibly wishing for a better year, but trust me unless you see things through a new pair of eyes, you'll only end up repeating what's gone before.

Anyway, Happy Christmas. I hope Father Christmas brings you what you want.

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