Oblivion. Something to be feared? Or maybe all of us have just been viewing it incorrectly.
It wasn’t until I was reading ‘The Fault in our Stars’ earlier this year that I realised I was afraid of oblivion.
But then I asked myself…
Aren’t we all?
The fear of the unknown, not knowing what lies ahead of us in our lives, what will come of the world and our memory after we’re gone.
We’re all always thinking and wondering what our lives will be like in the future whether that be career, relationships, health, etc. We work towards the future; all our hopes and dreams pinned upon it’s success.
And now a few months on from reading tfios, I realise that:
Oblivion is good.
Oblivion allows us to hope and strive and dream.
It allows us to make what we want of our futures.
Think of it like this: if you knew what was going to happen in your future – how it was set out, what would become of yourself – wouldn’t it be more exciting, more exhilarating, to not know? To make your own decisions and choose your own path?
Oblivion is exciting because – like a good book – you never know what’s going to happen and what the next chapter will be.
You write your own life – your own story – and make what you want of it.
I’m not saying fear of oblivion is wrong – if the prospect of the future doesn’t frighten you then you aren’t human.
The point I’m making is this:
You don’t know what’s around the corner: make your life what you want it to be because you only live damn once and what’s the point in wasting it! If to you that means being rich and famous, making it into the Guinness World Record books or just sitting at home and watching Youtube videos all day, make it what you want it to be!
Don’t fear oblivion; embrace it.
Your life and your future is a huge jump into the void. Nothing is set out in front of you. The story isn’t yet written. You’ve got the freedom to write it and make your book what you want it to be.
Take the jump and Be. Brave.