“One day, you and everyone you love will die. And beyond a small group of people for an extremely brief period of time, little of what you say or do will ever matter. This is the Uncomfortable Truth of Life. And everything you think or do is but an elaborate avoidance of it. We are inconsequential cosmic dust, bumping and milling about on a tiny blue speck. We imagine our own importance. We invent our purpose—we are nothing. Enjoy your fucking coffee.”
– Mark Manson, “Everything is F*cked – A Book About Hope”
Existential nihilism at its finest? Perhaps… but entertaining, nonetheless.
Recently, my counselor and I were discussing my current mindset and the length of time it has taken me to achieve it. It reminded him of when a student asked the Buddha if enlightenment comes suddenly, all at once? Or only after a long period of life lessons, questioning, and reasoning? The answer is simply, yet emphatically: “YES!”
After years of questioning, reasoning, thinking and overthinking – repeatedly becoming lost only to regain my center and find myself again, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are no certain answers to the questions that we ask and our final destination is wholly unknown on this journey that we seek. When I finally became tired of this vicious self-sabotaging cycle – looking at every detail over and over again in order to make sense and find peace with it all, it finally occurred to me:
STOP THINKING ABOUT EVERYTHING SO MUCH – YOU’RE BREAKING YOUR OWN HEART!
And, just like that, everything changed.
There is beauty to be found here – because when you finally stop stressing yourself out, wondering what its all about, you can finally relax and simply enjoy it for what it is.