What is real? Face to face relationships. That’s what is real. Aside from that, pretty much nothing else is. And that is something that is pretty difficult to wrap your head around. Without sounding like a conspiracy theorist, that is.
Basically any information gleaned from a book or a screen has been carefully packaged for your consumption. That includes the news.
I often wonder if I am the only one who can no longer get emotionally invested in supporting sports teams, since Hansie fixed those matches. Since that day, I am sceptical about everything. Who cares who wins or loses? The match outcome was probably pre-arranged anyway.
The hardest thing for me to come to terms with is, the news. My parents watched the news and believed everything they saw and heard there as truth. Honest to goodness objectivity. Today, not so much. When something is reported as fact but only certain parts of the story have been shared, it’s not the truth, is it?
How do you know what a relationship is supposed to look like, when your favourite book to read was the Twilight series or 50 Shades of Grey? Who taught you how to love? Was it your family or The Days of our Lives?
How is it possible that we spend more time on social media than we do actually going out and socializing. Talk about neglecting the people you interact with face to face on a daily basis, to “spend time with” those who you only hear from, on your birthday. (If you think people are sharing the whole truth about their lives via social media, you are very, very wrong).
We will never be satisfied with anything in our lives, if we live to emulate what is portrayed on screen or in a book. Drink this/eat that/smoke this/buy that, if you want to feel good and be accepted. Heaven help you if you can’t play charades with your friends, because you haven’t caught the latest series on DSTV.
Maybe it’s time we stopped allowing other people to do the thinking for us. Conquer the status quo. Live your own life. Make your own choices about what makes you happy. Life is too short to do anything else.