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Saturday, November the 10th, 2007

If you are expecting this entry to be some sort of misguided rant on the menstrual cycle, you’re going to be quite disappointed.

While most people imagine themselves “navigating their way through life,” I envision myself standing rather inert, allowing life to flow past me. As with a lot of other things in this world, I find it pointless to question why this is so, and instead just acknowledge that things are the way they are.

As far back as I can remember (which, arguably, isn’t very long), I cannot recall making any significant decision with any degree of surety or conviction; I seem to just lie there as eventualities take their course, and the decision is conveniently made for me. (And no, choosing just the right caffeinated beverage from the plethora of delicious choices from the nearby vending machine does not count.) Be it my academic choices, or choosing parts of the world in which to pursue them, to determining what kinds of relationships I engage in, with whom, or for that matter, even when those relationships dissolve—the sorts of decisions that ought to shape the core of my existence—I find myself more as a passive observer of events unfolding rather than an active participant in the intricate tapestry.

If you think about it though, this in itself really isn’t a bad scheme of events—as long as one’s happy with the way things evolve. And therein lies the unfortunate twist in our tale: Recently, I’ve been hating everything in the picture. And what’s worse, I seem to have gotten so used to sitting back and allowing things to “fall into place,” I’m not sure I’m even capable of weaving the fabric of my own life any more.

This is a printer-friendly version of the journal entry “With the flow” from actuality.log. Visit http://emphaticallystatic.org/earlier/with-the-flow/ to read the original entry and follow any responses to it.

6 Responses to “With the flow”

  1. Mukul says:

    You are not alone.

  2. Mukul says:

    Put differently, welcome to the club.

  3. Michelle says:

    I’m quite happy to see you’re not ranting about the menstrual cycle, I believe that’s MY job.

  4. anita says:

    I feel the same way. Except a bit worse, in that there aren’t many major decisions being made anymore, so my life just goes into a stand-still.

  5. Mukul says:

    See!

  6. pundit says:

    Michelle: But talking about things I know little of is what I do!


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