Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Licensed Diver

In life, there are times when you have to think things through. When you take the time to examine all angles before you make a decision. You play all possible scenarios in your mind and prepare for every single one of it as best you can. This is very essential in making choices. Especially when you don't want to make a mistake.

But there are times when things just happen. Against all odds and probably against your better judgement you land right smack at the center of something that was never in your plans at all. It is often at these times that we are brought to regret or, if you're luck, something wonderful.

Do things really happen for a reason?

Despite living in the 21st century, I cannot help but wonder about that old saying. But, perhaps, there is some truth to it. Because even despite careful scrutiny and planning, something does always happen that are out of our control. You kiss on the first date even if you didn't plan to, you blurt out something you never thought of saying, you missed a turn on the street and ended up running into someone... And almost always, there proves to be a reason behind such twists.

Then again, there are those times when we cannot make sense of things that happen. It's puzzling, really. And we go on wondering what could the reason be? More often than not, the reason would eventually turn out to be to teach you something. That is, I know, such a cliche. But there is just no other way to say it.

Paolo Coelho once said, "lessons are repeated until they are learned". This is the thought that always comes to my mind whenever I come to a dead end and just can't figure out why this certain something happened for no apparent reason. Turns out ol' Paulo knew what he was talking about. He was probably as stubborn as we are now.

But what about those other times when you are ambushed by a choice? I call those moments, "dive sensation". It's like standing on the edge of a ledge before diving. You stand there wanting to jump in and dive at the same time being scared of doing it. You know that if you stand there longer you will only feel more afraid and backing out would somehow always make you feel unfulfilled.

It is at these moments that the solution is simply to take the plunge. To just do it. Do whatever it is that you feel you want or need to do. Dive into the unknown. And sometimes, it is then that you will know.

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