If we take away all social platforms and are left on our own, what would we do?
There once was a time when we used the spaces between our activities to daydream, think, reflect or observe the world as it passed by. Being alone and having nothing to do was not something to be ashamed of. It was a state of being.
A state that has somehow, ceased to be normal.
While waiting for someone today, I instinctively reached into my bag to take the mobile out, only to realize (with a certain level of horror) that I wasn’t expecting a text nor an urgent call. I was looking for a filler. The gap between now and my next appointment was a chance to complete my game, update my status and browse the internet. It was a fun thing to do… but dreadfully unnecessary.
I stuffed the phone back into my bag and stared out at the streets.
It was quiet.
I began fidgeting.
What should I think about?
And then it happened.
Like sinewy tendrils of smoke, they slowly danced around me…
I remembered a movie I’d watched yesterday and pondered its impact on me. I replayed certain scenes, saw the lush landscape, heard the battle cries, imagined how the characters would have gone on with life post-movie…
I think I’m going to create that space again, for myself. I don’t want a crowded life, but a fulfilled one. A life that isn’t too jammed with white noise and meaningless activities.
A life of thought and imagination.
‘The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.
If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.’
– Chuck Palahniuk