“People are nuts man, they’re crazy. This worlds a mess.”
Says Cynical Sally who watches the news every evening at 6 o’clock. Who watches stories each and every evening of peoples dramatic conflicts tied together in the most mesmerizing and exciting ways. Who thinks the world is contained within the limited view the news can conjure up. Which makes her think the world is some explosive horrifying place to be avoided at all costs.
I got news for you friend, its all smoke and mirrors.
Sally’s a dolt and she’s deluded herself to believe the world is the way others want her to believe it to be.
This world is an amazing exciting place full of warmth and meaning and she’s gone and locked herself away from it all.
When you start to believe you know the world, the world starts to close off its magic from you. When you believe anything is possible (albeit lots is improbable) then the world starts to conjure up beautiful, amazing things for you.
If Sally the Cynic thinks everyones out to get her, how will she ever have a meaningful, satisfying mature relationship with a partner or with herself (secret answer, she won’t). Because she’s a narcissist who thinks she’s found the secret feed to the nature of life. She thinks I’ve got all this life stuff figured out so long as my IV drip feed of news keeps me informed.
What if she shut if off? What if she didn’t have someone else telling her how the world was? Telling her how to see things.
Why.. then she’d have to figure it out for herself, she’d have to actually go out into the world and experience it for herself. And thats way too scary for Cynical Sally to handle. So she won’t and she’ll die confused because her life still sucks.
You know what she’d find if she did shut it off?
That this worlds incredible. That people may be greedy, arrogant and self absorbed. But they’re also playful and ambitious and creative and kind. Everyones just scared of dying because everyone is in some way aware of they’re own inevitable demise and Sally thinks that if she keeps watching the news all these dark, scary thoughts will go away. They won’t. You’re going to die, so why waste the time you DO have isolating yourself from the magic by watching other peoples stories while you’ve yet to write the first page of yours.
Don’t be a Cynical Sally. Don’t watch the news and shut yourself off from the magic, thinking you’ve seen what the magician has up his sleeve (he’s smarter than you). Don’t do it. Because you’ll be wrong. Because the real magic starts when you believe it can.
Believe in you, believe in the magic of the world and your potential to harness that magic, that whatever you want to call it to create something truly inspired, to create something thats truly you.
Work hard, create things you care about, and don’t watch the damn news. You can thank me later.