For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first,
some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid.
Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
~ Alfred D. Souza
YES, we are living life, our lives. In how much of our lives are we reacting to the obstacles? In how much of our lives are we choosing and creating our own path forward?
In my view, our life writ large is an experiment. Or, at least choosing to see it as such, gives us more freedom to actually stop experimenting in one area or another and to start a new experiment. We can feel more control, as we are the experimenter with this life we have and not the victim of it.
There is no dearth of models around to give us inspiration.
I was inspired by an extreme example on a recent YouTube video someone emailed to me. An Australian, Nick Vujicic, a young man in his 20s or 30s born without arms or legs, delights in speaking to teenagers, and by his very own presence, demonstrates that a) we can do anything, and b) what most of us get “bent” about is really small potatoes.
Are you unhappy? Are you sad about the trajectory of your life? Have you reached a point that it is time to reevaluate and think afresh? What would give you more joy? How can you bring more meaningful activities into your life? How can you develop more “human beingness?”
And, are you willing to take time for the whole process of engaging with these questions as your next “experiment” in life?