Yesterday I spoke about marketing and my disgust with how we have been manipulated and twisted to suit a money driven agenda. I spoke about how we are dying as a species.
The ones who conquered flight and illnesses that destroyed civilisations. Humans, who landed on another planet and came home safely from it (if you believe NASA, I do myself).
We are amazing creatures and a fucking fantastic byproduct of evolution. We have grown to be the dominant species and at times we seem unstoppable. And when I say dying, I speak about losing that which makes us us. I simply cannot stop these thoughts from running amok in my brain these past few weeks. We are magnificent beyond measure as animals but the heartbreaking thing is that we don’t fucking realise it.
We have been groomed to exist in a society where human interaction is frowned upon. I am just as guilty as the rest for this. I stick my headphones on en route to work/home, I avoid eye contact in a shopping queue for no real reason, I shield myself from any potential embarrassment (in my eyes at least) and I go through the motions of a day where I completely disregard the only thing that would bring me genuine happiness.
We are goddamn snowflakes guys, we are. We are the sum result of a lifetime of influences and experiences, of parents, friends and authority. We are so unique and in my opinion (for now) completely and utterly unique.
And that is where our strength lies. In our differences. Because it is in these differences that we can find moments of true presence.
Think about it, think over the last few days on a moment in the day that was totally out of the blue. Did you happen to get in a conversation with a stranger and lo and behold, it was actually enjoyable? Did you allow yourself to talk back to the chatty taxi-man and wait, he’s actually kind of cool?
Think of how you felt after these minute and seemingly pointless encounters.
Did you feel fucking fantastic after it?
I would wager that 90% of the time, the answer is yes.
And I know why.
Because for that brief moment, that brief respite in modern fucking living, where we are constantly held under by technology and nice things, we CONNECTED with someone. We shared that which makes us amazing and there were minutes where we were nowhere else but completely present with that stranger.
I really hope that what I am saying makes sense because I am not editing this in any way, I am simply letting it flow from my head to the blog. I am filled with an urgency to talk this way because if we do not do something, we will suffer not only personal anguish but possibly a wave of sadness across our entire species.
We were not made for what we have in our lives now.
Big statement but I wholeheartedly believe it. I of course do not speak about modern medicine or the things that actually make life more enjoyable. I am talking about the extraneous fucking THINGS that we have been told we need to be happy.
WE DON’T FUCKING NEED THEM.
We need each other but more importantly, we need the goddamn courage to allow life to happen and exist in that moment without resorting to looking at our phones or avoiding eye contact for fear of death.
Please, try this. In the next twenty four hours, allow your human instinct to lead instead of the usual way of working. With a stranger or a friend/loved one, just fucking BE there with them for how ever long you can manage.
Listen to them, really listen. Notice how their face moves, listen to their behaviour and how they speak, give them your undivided attention for as long as possible and then when it breaks, contemplate on how fucking fantastic it felt to forget everything that life brings for that short amount of time.
It is exhilarating and frightening. To think that our happiness is merely a sum of tiny moments spread across the day.
But there it is and you know it’s true, just like me, you fucking feel it. Deep inside you, buried beneath the shit we think we need to be happy.
You are a goddamn snowflake and you are amazing.
You are what the world needs and you are brave enough to exist and let others see how unique you are because the bottom line is this:
There is no-one like you in life. For good or ill, there isn’t.
So go show the world that and be strong.
Onwards to glory.