Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I've been re-reading my favorite book, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and was struck by the quote below:
“There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always like a sketch. No, "sketch" is not quite a word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch for nothing, an outline with no picture.”I think we often assume that life is predictable (or maybe we try to make it as predictable as possible via routine to remove anxiety), but in reality, we are living every experience for the first time.
We are always going in cold.
Maybe that's why we still make mistakes, have awkward situations and wish we could have "re-dos", despite our age and experience.
Maybe that's why there's a whole movement to live in the present because it's really hard to have an outline when we haven't lived our future yet.