“Do you want some feedback?” my friend asked me. “Of course I do, always!” I replied back.
“Okay, well I didn’t really understand your latest caption. I didn’t know what you were trying to say” she said.
I went back to re-read what I wrote and then went to explain in more depth my thought process when writing the caption.
By the end of the phone call, we elaborated on the talking points of the small piece of writing and agreed that I should write a blog to expand the idea further. Instead of just telling you that I ran, swam and caught up with friends for coffee this week, I thought I’d expand the caption into a blog post.
Before I proceed any further, below you’ll find pictures I took throughout the week. I’ve been carrying my cameras (one digital and one analog) everywhere which has been convenient and fun to capture random moments.
For life as we know it is a series of experiments. Each of these experiments is a test of either our own truth or someone else’s. Through trial, error, and tribulation, we find out results from these ‘life experiments’ that both astonish and agonize us. It is our ability to learn and critique ourselves from these lessons that allow us to continually experiment with all facets of life. Forever we will draw loose and ever-changing conclusions in our mind that dictate our willingness to pursue a life of vigor and zest, should we choose to. – Josh Lynott
This is the quote I posted, lets break it down and unravel the ideas within it. As I type this, I find it interesting to unravel and develop my own thoughts further. I love analyzing thought processes, where my ideas come from or how they form.
Idea one: Whose “truth” are you living?
“For life as we know it is a series of experiments. Each of these experiments is a test of either our own truth or someone else’s.”
The implied message in the first line was that the majority of us are doing one of two things, we are either chasing our own dream or working on someone else’s. Occasionally, there is a place of ‘limbo’ where we aren’t exactly doing either of these and that’s fine too. I believe that in an ideal world, we should all be working on our own dream. However, following our own ‘dream’ is sometimes easier said than done. Reasons for not doing this might be because we don’t know where to start or find it confronting. Conversely, when we are apart of someone else’s dream it might be for security/safety, the work feels comfortable, it’s structured and the path is clear or because we believe in their mission and want to support it. No matter which path you choose or traveling on currently, I’m sure there is a reason. I hope you find the time to delve into your thoughts and work on what path you’re on. Returning to the idea of experiments, I see each path we take in life as an experiment. Each time we take a new path, it allows to gather information and feelings of whether we like it or see it as a suitable way of life for us.
The next part of the quote and idea that I want to expand says: “Through trial, error, and tribulation, we find out results from these ‘life experiments’ that both astonish and agonize us. “
Trial: A test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something
Error: The state or condition of being wrong in conduct or judgment. A mistake.
Tribulation: A cause of great trouble or suffering
I have chosen three keywords from the next part of the quote which I believe are important. The ‘life experiments’ we embark on will more than likely go wrong or turn out differently to how we expected. “That’s life!” – I’m sure you’ve heard many people exclaim that over the years. They’re onto something because it wouldn’t be an experiment if we knew what the end result was going to be, right? We can hope we will achieve the result we desire but it is never guaranteed.
Alas, the inevitable chaos that comes through trial, error, and tribulation may catch us off guard. Now I’m not saying we should do things with the intention to suffer, but instead, we should understand that the choices we make or the things we love most also have the capacity to agonize us. Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. These testing moments have personally become some of my most cherished and memorable. Moments where I have made mistakes or where I have been pushed to my mental or physical limits have now turned into stories that I tell my friends. Periods of life where times weren’t ‘easy’ or ‘cruisy’ have helped shaped who I am today, and it now astonishes me how important those hours, days and months were.
“Forever we will draw loose and ever-changing conclusions in our mind that dictate our willingness to pursue a life of vigor and zest, should we choose to.”
Above is the final part of the quotation. As humans, we all need to make sense of the world and how it relates to or contradicts our own beliefs. To do this, we draw conclusions about the experiences we have encountered. This helps make future decisions about the path we choose to follow clearer or easier, as we now have knowledge of life in a way we didn’t before.
In conclusion, continue to experiment and expand. When you fail to do either of these you risk falling into a closed circuit which is hard to break out of.
That’s my extended thought for the day.
P.s Let me know what you think.