I have a fear.
I believe it is one we all have. It is one that I think most are unaware they have it until such a time as it has already come true. I am either fortunate to be aware of it’s existence, or doomed with the likely chance it will someday consume me having been aware of it all along.
I choose to believe that life simply is not a series of, “it is what it is” and that Life is instead “what we make of it.” There is a line that clarifies the definition of surviving versus truly living.
“… poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. … We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.” Robin Williams in Dead Poet Society.
My fear is that I will someday succumb to the world of being “realistic”. That I will someday lose my ability to dream and manifest cosmic wonderment and to instead be tethered to that which is any singular moment of present circumstance; further named reality. Some might confuse this as a dreamer who fears being awoken, perhaps that is possible. Yet, I believe my role in this life contributes to achieving happenings that can be, in limited present moments; unrealistic.
I believe the greatest accomplishments of my life, of anyone’s life, are born out of an impossibility; a non-reality, a dream. Turning your passion into a successful career? An unrealistic endeavor to some and yet to other’s this is an everyday celebration towards pursuing their dreams. Finding true love? Many have a laundry list ex-lovers as proof that there is no such thing. Yet, happily ever after is a true story for some. You can think of any example more relevant to your pursuing of your desires or the baggage you excuse yourself from doing so with, but the problem and solution are one in the same; you.
There is a quote I was first introduced to through the incredible movie, V for Vendetta. I believe it is from Crowley’s diary in the 80’s novel Faust. To this day, it is still in my top 3 favorite movie’s of all time.
“Vi veri veniversum vivus vici” it means “Through the power of Truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.” I have pondered what this meant to me since I first saw the movie in 2006 and I believe I have discovered what it means to me. It can be most simply put by rearranging and adding some words.
“My Truth has enabled me to create the Universe, and therefore; I Live.” There is a more factual way to word this, but that is a post for another time.
The truth is different for everyone. The universe is created of our individual perspectives. And “while every man dies, not every man lives” William Wallace. So I hope you choose to live. I’ll join you =)
I would love to experience your dreams, passions, and cosmic wonder – please share them in the comments below.