Why do we do what we do, every single day? Why do we wake up, take a shower, have breakfast, go to work, come home, sleep, and get up again the next day to do it all over again? Why do we bother living lives of repetition, a mere mundane existence based on ritualistic behaviours and attitudes?

The reason is that we all have values. By values, I mean the things in life that we place on the pedestal of importance. Family, friends, loved ones, beliefs, nature, learning, freedom, to name a few. If we didn’t have anything in our lives that we valued, we would have no need to wake up each morning. These valuable things I mentioned, although only a few of a far greater number, are our anchors to sanity, and if not to sanity, to reality.

Think about it. If a person did not value anything in life, what would be the point of their existence? Being an independent individual in a world full of symbiotic relationships is one thing, but being a single person with the sides of their puzzle piece so distorted that they don’t fit into the puzzle we call humanity, is quite a different thing. To value nothing is to have no interest whatsoever in anything that exists. If we don’t value anything, then that means we don’t value or lives. When we don’t value our lives, our heart grows differently, it becomes distorted. The regular “tick ticking” of our heart becomes an irregular dull thud. Food loses taste, drink loses flavour. Hobbies become futile and face eventual neglect. Relationships fade into the night, and bridges are burned. You can smile, but you don’t mean it. You can laugh, but it is a hollow and empty laugh. No longer does the beauty of nature interest you, nor the consumerist purchases available in the many shopping centres of the concrete jungle many of us call home. We sink inside of ourselves, and as we do so, our exterior selves collapse inward. We are no longer the full person we used to be. We are hollow, we are darkness, we are shadows. And the worst part is this: we prefer it that way.

This is why it is so important to have things in life that we value, such as our family, our friends, or our various skills and abilities. These are the things that allow us to be able to endure living lives of ritualistic repetition, for we know that there are others out there that are having to do the same thing as us. When we have something of value in our life, even if it is just one single thing, then we have a reason to wake up in the mornings. We have a reason to enjoy what life has to offer. Our disinterest and apathy can transform into eagerness and empathy. We can build ourselves back up, piece by piece. It takes a long time, to be sure. But remember, the person we rebuild ourselves  as will not be the same as the person before our collapse…whether that be for better or for worse is for each of us to decide.


~ by offling on July 29, 2009.

6 Responses to “Reasons”

  1. The concrete jungle is fabulous though. Especially in a gorgeous city that is surrounded by the natural and awe-inspiring beauty of mountains, ocean, and forest.

    • Hello! Sorry for my excessively late reply. 😦 I definitely see your point. That’s so very true, but sometimes we fail to see even that sort of idyllic location in a positive light. Instead it seems that often we focus on the negative instead of the positive. We focus on the shadows cast by the tall buildings instead of the bright skies visible above. Such a place can easily turn from being a haven into a place semi-equatable to a prison. The concrete jungle can sometimes become the fence keeping us from the beautiful nature that is surrounding the city (sometimes quite literally, in the case of blocked horizons and views). I guess that it really all depends on our perspective…

      Thank you so much for your comment! I appreciate any and all feedback. 🙂

  2. carpet face.

  3. Once I grad, I’m so not into the whole “repitition” thing. I am a FIRM believer in being unusually spontaneous, like, I would never own a house cause I would be sooo tied down, I’m mor einto waking up and saying, lets go to Belize! haha, even in school I try to be like that 😉

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