This post is our way of making sense of the inkblot, articulating our own biases to ourselves and taking steps towards uncovering our blind spots through our own brand of meandering conversation.
When I was a kid, I was the most carefree person with little to no self awareness. And yet, I remember thinking, at barely eleven or twelve – I wish I were good at something that could turn into a career. My hobbies, passions even, just couldn’t translate into any of the jobs that I was familiar with.
Seeking meaning is an act of empowering ourselves…it reinforces our control over our reality. But could there be such a thing as over-seeking of meaning?
I used to pride myself on being open minded: a questioner of norms, a doubter of staunch beliefs. It was when I started working that my open-mindedness was truly tested.
What if we are all living in this Black Mirror-like environment mentally assigning favourability ratings to each other based on each of our direct interactions and the social information (read: gossip) that we accumulate through the whirr of conversations during a typical workday?
Now, there is a power-play in any relationship, and we conform to roles that society assigns us. Yet, it’s disconcertingly easy to wield “power” when the other party is younger.
In No Exit, the central characters have died and are in hell. They keep waiting for the fire-and-brimstone-like torture that they believe lies in store for them in hell. Until they realize that this – being confined to a room with each other – is their hell.
I have always been quite the pessimist too, it’s easier to imagine that life is doing me wrong, than that I might be actively screwing things up for myself. Let’s call it fate and be done with it, you know?
In Season 2 of ‘This Is Us’, the Pearson siblings take a moment to exhale – to let out what they have been carrying within themselves… I’m doing it now. Exhale.
I knew that expression all too well – that frozen, deer-in-the-headlights look. Scolding her only made her bury deeper into that shell. My colleagues were beyond frustrated! But for me: it was a jolt from the past.