They say eclipses hold some kind of magic.
Previously theorized to have been a dragon eating the Sun, or a quarrel between the Sun and the Moon, it is now seen as a bad omen foretelling disasters, destruction, and even death.
However, with the massive eclipse over the United States this morning, new superstitions have also risen. Things like “make a wish” or how seeing it will give you good luck because it is a once in a life time opportunity. It seems like everything that’s expected to only be a once in a life time opportunity, is always associated with some kind of magical quality.
The “it only happens once” factor.
Why is that?
We spend so much time wondering about the unknown to the point that we become afraid even, of what we don’t know. It’s terrifying. Making decisions without knowing for sure what will happen next, how we’re told that one choice will end up dictating our entire lives. But by knowing something will only ever happen once and never again, we end up pushing ourselves to follow through and seize the opportunity.
The motivation that just knowing one thing in a midst of uncertainty is exhilarating.
Maybe even where the magic truly lies.
People make decisions based on what best benefits our self-interests. For some, their self-interest is in other people so they put others first. On the other hand, for others, their self-interests lie in themselves. There’s so much more to it than just that though. It’s not in just black and white. There’s considerate people who put themselves first because they feel that they can’t take care of other people well if they’re not put together themselves, while there’s people who want to help others but can’t because they are a mess. You have people who act nice and caring only to gain your favor to climb up the social ladder, while the people who can say the rudest things show the most genuine humane actions.
In the face of all these contradictions, we not only live a world where anything can happen but also a pool of uncertainty because, anything really can happen. We don’t know anything for sure except for what we’ve experienced and what the numbers prove. Yet every so often, even the numbers are wrong.
What if it doesn’t happen only once? What if it doesn’t happen at all?
What if, what happens in the future doesn’t matter… because it doesn’t exist yet?
Lately, I’ve been asked where I want to be 30 years from now or even just what I expect to be doing just 5 years from now.
I’m not sure if you remember what you imagined high school to be like when you were in kindergarten then coming to the realization that it wasn’t like anything you expected after you actually went into high school but, I guess adulthood works the same way.
I used to be really worried about my future.
How I had to get experience now to get a job, how the passions I had needed time to build up to make money, and how those passions wouldn’t amount to anything so I had to keep a back up plan up to date.
But if adulthood works the same way as growing up did the first 18 years of my life, which, it kind of does more or less, things aren’t going to go the way I planned.
They didn’t and it’ll continue that way.
However even though things don’t go the way you want them to sometimes, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t fall into place.
With this eclipse, I’ve come to a realization that instead of worrying about where I will be years from now, why not focus on where I am currently and how I can progress?
What’s the use of stressing out over a future that probably won’t come to pass, when you can put that stress into a present that you actually have control over?
We’re making our future as we speak, but the responsibility of it all can be overwhelming. Yet, like the eclipse, every decision we make of every second of every day that we make still is once in a life time because the context of why and how you make it will never be the same.
The weather will be different, maybe your relationships will change.
But by using the same magic that’s gotten millions of people to back up traffic on the freeways to Oregon and invest in special glasses, we can use this “once in a lifetime” factor in our daily lives.
With the eclipse of our beloved Sol, we can let the fear of uncertainty in our souls be eclipsed as well and bet on ourselves.
Continue to live on and set your red balloons free at sunset my lovelies.
Until next time!
Special Thanks to Anuj Photography