Josh Bowman puts aside his skepticism and judgement and imagines a world of change and possibilities (trying his best to do so without judging himself or cringing or making a sarcastic joke).
From childhood to adulthood, I learned to become more skeptical, harder-edged, and more pessimistic about my future. I’ve learned to accept a nihilistic society, and have been so over-whelmed by how cruel and divisive our world is that it seems pointless to try to make a difference.
I’ve learned to avoid vulnerability, and protect myself. All of this has contributed to me being a more cynical, depressed, and judgemental person. I’ve told myself stories about how the world works, and have begun living in a reality that corresponds with those stories. Only, today I have to ask myself…
What if those stories aren’t true?
What if the world has the potential to be a wonderful place? What if I have the potential to be a wonderful person? Or…hey! What if I am already a wonderful person?
What if the way things are now is not the way they will always be?
What if I do deserve to be loved?
What if there is someone out there for me? What if I’ve found them already?
What if my past isn’t real and I can change my future immediately? What if I am not bound by my guilt and my mistakes?
What if there’s still time to be fit?
What if there’s still time to be educated? What if I can go to the library today and start reading about something new?
What if I can get better at my attention to detail? What if I can teach myself to remember names, dates, and facts?
What if people in my life do love me and care about me?
What if I am not the centre of other people’s gossip and hatred? What if nobody really cares if I made a mistake?
What if my boss/co-worker doesn’t hate me, she/he just had a bad day?
What if I do have the ability to change the world in a profound and meaningful way? What if we could drastically change how we power our cities, transport ourselves, and live our daily lives? What if consumption wasn’t our sole driving force?
What if poverty wasn’t a fact of life? What if we truly defined ourselves by how we treat the most marginalized people?
What if I didn’t have to be in debt? What if our governments didn’t have to be in debt? What if we could all live off a little less?
What if I could judge others less, and accept the differences of those around me? What if I could judge myself less, and accept my own quirks?
What if I am attractive?
What if it’s never too late?
If you’re reading this, close your eyes and imagine this world is the one you live in. Really try it, even just for a minute, without judging yourself (believe me, I am the first person to roll my eyes and be skeptical about hippy-dippy new age b.s. like this…or at least I have been).
It’s pretty great, huh?
I think this is our world. I think that we have tricked ourselves (or been tricked) into believing it isn’t, but I think it is. I don’t know what it means, and I don’t know the next step…but I think it’s time I (we?) stopped being so cynical.
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