The Randomness of Life
From an early age we are taught that life happens in stages. We have all seen a baby’s progression from crawling to taking the first steps. Even our education is linear, complete with an “owner’s manual” for success. At the beginning of each semester we are given a syllabus that outlines the necessary steps to achieve a pre-established threshold that measures success. I was in junior high when I realized that in order to get a good grade all I had to do was follow the instructions. I still remember that sweet innocent joy I felt upon this realization.
College came around and the same recipe worked. Before I knew it, four years passed by. I was handed the instructions and all I had to do was put in the time and deliver. I felt like I had cracked the system, or so I thought. Then graduation came and I was faced with this thing called “life.” What was next? Climbing the corporate ladder? To my surprise there wasn’t an owner’s manual when I showed up for the first day of work. Outside of the vacuum where I had resided for many years, I realized that life was anything but linear.
Olga Stella, Executive Director for DC3, discusses how our circumstances in life are not linear. Now that I have had a dose of reality, I would even suggest there might be a positive correlation between age and circumstance. As we get older, we are faced with more complicated situations that teach us how to handle life. The natural reaction is to fight the unexpected because it feels uncomfortable. However, as Stella emphasizes in the video, the beauty of life is not in fighting the randomness but embracing it.
I wish I could say I have cracked this new system of life. But I‘ve realized that going through many situations makes me stronger and better equipped to handle whatever comes next. Although sometimes I wish I still had my owner’s manual, I have come to fully embrace the unpredictability of life.
P.S. I also realized there was no corporate ladder; I have to build it myself.
BRB (working hard at life)