Ever had this day?
You’re in your car. You’re late. The traffic is slowing to a crawl.
My boss is going to kill me. Why are these people driving so slowly?
(Especially that guy in the huge four-by-four. Why the hell is he driving that monster?)
You get stuck behind someone in the queue who’s talking to the cashier.
Hurry up. Don’t you have a home to go to?
You get home. Your partner has forgotten to pick up your dry cleaning. Again.
They forgot on purpose. They’ve ruined my evening.
. . .
So many times, we’re stuck. Not in traffic, in a queue, or at home with an unloving partner. We’re stuck in “boredom, routine and petty frustration” and judging what’s around us so automatically that we don’t even notice we’re doing it.
Worse: we don’t notice that we can make a choice about what to think.
This life-changing film by TheGlossary.com, utilising an excerpt from the late author David Foster Wallace‘s 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College, reminds us of what’s so “hidden in plain sight” that it fails to even register.
That being conscious and aware of how you think about a situation is true freedom.
Sometimes life is tiring, frustrating, boring, uncomfortable. Embrace it, anyway.
Because this is water.