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I was thinking recently, and settling into the state of existential dread. And the thought "If I'm going to die, and all things march towards death, why should I stress about things as much as I do?" The only real answer I came up with, is, that I shouldn't. If things are finite and relatively start to finish. Then I shouldn't really obsess as much as I do, rather I should probably enjoy the amount of time I have before I hit the finish line. It's kinda strange to find a spark of hope, when thinking hopelessly. But light can shine through, I suppose. So take that light, and enjoy yourself
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 It's kinda strange to find a spark of hope, when thinking hopelessly. 

 

I get it.  I half-joke regularly that I feel much better since I've given up hope.  Because really, what is hope but a commitment to not be happy or satisfied with what you have now?  I 'hope' that I find the perfect little for me.  And then once you get her... I 'hope' we last forever, that she never leaves me, that we'll always be this happy, etc.  Fear that you won't get what you want and then fear that you will lose what you have... or just give up hope and enjoy the only thing you will ever have and can never be taken away from you - which is, of course, this moment.

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I was thinking recently, and settling into the state of existential dread.

This amuses me greatly. And also wondering if this can possibly be linked to the millennial identity crises that many of us go through. (Didn't check your profile to see your age, so apologies if you're not a Gen Y baby!)

 

Yeah, true, death is imminent for us all. But it's typically a long friggin time away! And that's a long time to not worry about things.

Try as I might, I just can't help but to be crazy or anxiety driven with some things. Despite things being fleeting, it's the after effects of those fleeting moments that give real pause. Cuz as they say, a few seconds can change your life.... *dramatically* forever.

 

Having said that, who says one can't enjoy worrying? It's part of the process on the way to happiness sometimes, y'know?

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I get it.  I half-joke regularly that I feel much better since I've given up hope.  Because really, what is hope but a commitment to not be happy or satisfied with what you have now?  I 'hope' that I find the perfect little for me.  And then once you get her... I 'hope' we last forever, that she never leaves me, that we'll always be this happy, etc.  Fear that you won't get what you want and then fear that you will lose what you have... or just give up hope and enjoy the only thing you will ever have and can never be taken away from you - which is, of course, this moment.

To quote Friedrich Nietzsche: "Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man."

 

(That's why it was sitting at the bottom of Pandora's box from which all evil escaped.) ;)

 

I think this is one facet of the paradoxical nature we as humans have. We can find vastly different perspectives on the same things/ situations and even when something seems to be purely one thing there often is a seed for the opposite held within.

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