Monday, May 21, 2012

Too Much

We all get there.

The point where you just can't do anymore... just can't take anymore... just can't.

Unfortunately the times at which we get there are coincidently the times when our capacities to evaluate are, to say the least, compromised. All that is bad is gigantic. All that is good is infinitesimally small. All creativity has been channeled into the repetitive crafting of worst-case scenarios.

It just all feels so overwhelmingly impossible.

We all get there.

Sometimes the experience is so strong that we make it real. We no longer feel overwhelmed; we are overwhelmed. The situation doesn't seem impossible; it is impossible.

Making it real validates the experience giving it a life of its own. It stalks us. It haunts us. Each time we start to believe everything will be alright, it creeps out from under the bed, jumps up and shouts, "boo!"

We come to believe that there is no way to navigate the treacherous path that lies ahead. There is only abandonment. We no longer seek ways through; we seek ways out.

Finding a way out becomes all there is.

There are a few for whom abandonment is no option. No matter how overwhelming or impossible the path ahead seems, something compels them to travel forward, against all odds, without hope.

What is it that keeps them moving?

It's passion, I think: passion for the path and where it leads.

They shun escape plans. They abandon hope. Instead, they look down at the path and focus all they have on just one thing, the next step. Step by step by step, they walk forward with no thought of anything but the present step.

It could be for days. It could be for hours. It could be years or decades. Step by step they walk forward.

Happy Monday,
Teflon

2 comments:

  1. "Sometimes the experience is so strong that we make it real. We no longer feel overwhelmed; we are overwhelmed. The situation doesn't seem impossible; it is impossible."

    So what's the difference between the two? Where's the line that separates "seem" from "is"?

    Is it the point where we feel we have lost all choice in the matter? Where we lose the sense of "I am walking down this path", and instead go to "I am being carried along this path".

    Or is it something to do with a petrifying, crushing fear of the negative consequences? As opposed to playing a game where there is still life after it ends.

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  2. Anonymous,
    I believe that you simply can't tell, at least not when you approach the boundary that divides the two.

    Practically speaking, SEEMS and IS are equally powerful when one sees SEEMS as IS.

    Statistically speaking, IS almost never occurs. 99.999% of the time the things we truly want (or some variant thereof) are possible; they only seem impossible.

    What about that 0.001% that IS impossible? IS truly overwhelming? I guess it's like going to far in order to tell how far you can go.

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