I often question the direction of my story, the complexity of the world I’ve created, and the vast possibility I have yet to discover. It began as a simple idea- a development that I have now spent many years shaping- but I am far from finished because bits of inspiration continue to flow steady like the river and I am determined to see it through. Where will it all lead once I have pieced together the individual parts of the puzzle and will it eventually turn out as I imagined it to be? I am compelled to believe that we all ask that question at least once in our lives, if not about a novel idea, then perhaps some of us question the direction of the life we govern. Will our choices take us where we want to go, following the path with a vision in mind?
The beauty of a story, whether it be an autobiography, non-fiction or even fiction, is that there are choices made in a lifetime and for every action there are equal and opposite reactions that follow. That may sound familiar, and that is because it is an age-old law. Newton’s Third Law, a concept that we learn early in the education system and is generally applied to science, namely physics. Newton’s brilliant mind put into words a scientific concept that also applies to us as individuals in a world shaped, in-part, by predictable outcome; it is a reflection of choice and indecision, action and inaction. Consequence, whether favorable or undesired, is a road map for the journey we embark upon at an early age and the guiding push that returns us to the track once we stray. One misstep or poor choice and guilt, man-made law, or divine justice (whichever you may believe in) will point an accusing finger to remind us that no one is exempt from repercussion despite the feeling of invulnerability some rely on with unabashed faith. Regardless of the choice being right or wrong, it is an amazing realization when you consider that both help shape and promote character growth in more ways that one. The consequence or result of an individual’s choice is in direct correlation with their values and future decision. You can sum it up to this: Every path has its twists and turns, some might even have a fallen tree or another obstacle blocking the way, but you will most certainly reach the end of your path in due time. Whether you choose to remove the obstacle with effort, rely on faith that a detour will set you straight or hang onto patience with the knowledge that the tree will decay and the path will clear, the end of the road will appear in our scope, in due time.
The most daunting revelation about the road we walk is the uncertainty along the way, the trail and error of our experiences that follow the journey like a shadow as a constant reminder, throughout our course of life, that we all have history and not all of it is unblemished by scars. When uncertainty looms, there tends to be a drive to find the distinction between black and white amidst the chaos of gray. I suppose in a way, that is how we sort out the necessity from the extraneous- need versus want. Unfortunately, that process can consume a great deal of time and energy that might otherwise be better spent on immediate productivity and more feasible results. Then again, there is always a price to pay for results, the most costly -in my opinion- is time.
So then, how are we to better sort through the mess of our own indecision or the muddy ruin of possibilities that could exist without expending too much of our short lives circling riddles? Should it be left to fate? Will answers present themselves in due time, or is it folly to expect a yield if no efforts are made? A hard-working man or woman would probably speak for the latter, justifying their success based upon their own self-sufficiency and commitment to their goals. A religious soul might rest assured under the notion that faith will serve reward. I see through the looking glass, not one color, but many; a glimmer of multifaceted light refracting across my vision. There is always more than one answer, a second option, another choice, but I can attest to the difficulty in sorting the pieces a part. I admire those who have the patience to endure the frustration of not knowing or the nagging irritation when a task or goal is left incomplete, because I certainly struggle with both of these stressing issues in both my writing and outside of my fictional realm.
We all perceive the world through different eyes, opposing visions of what is perfect, and conflicting views of truth versus lies. The concept of perception alone creates a beautiful dynamic in which our interaction with others becomes complex and colorful. Every individual has something to bring to the table, an experience unique to themselves because only two eyes in the whole world saw exactly what they saw and only one soul felt exactly what they felt. Ignoring the obvious notion that connection between two people is developed upon similar feelings and relational experience, I implore you to ask yourself if the person closest to you, in your life, views the world in an identical light to match your own? I am not saying your life goals might not agree with one another, or that your life partner does not reciprocate the same feelings, those things probably align smoothly. However, no single person is exactly alike another, and the difference may be as material as color, movie, food preference or perhaps the defining trait is immaterial, a difference found on a philosophical level. I see beauty in the world through many facets, but I know that any number of mankind, my neighbors near and far, could teach me a thing or two about beauty in places I never imagined to look.
The question remains… What do we do with this knowledge?