Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The life cycle of possibilities.

When you're small everything is possible. And then you start to learn. You start getting conditioned by things and people around you. This knowingly or unknowingly starts narrowing down your perceptions and imagination. And before you know it, a slipper stops being a phone and the round box of cookies stops being a steering wheel.

Next you enter a stage of life where your ambition in life can change from footballer to army office after watching one movie. Your imagination is still rife and you start making boats out of paper, buildings out of lego blocks and castles in the air.

Then comes the age of dreaming big and trying to achieve it all. The age when young blood drives you to achieve a lot more. You start exploring ways to build the edifice for some castles in the air you had been dreaming of, if not all. And before you know it, you're in a hurry to make the most of whatever you have.

This slowly makes way to a phase where possibilities take a back seat and certainties start dictating one's life. EMIs, relationships, a steady life or as it is called, settling down. At this stage one aims more at retaining what one has rather than going for more. Then slowly naivety makes way for a well earned cynicism. And it all ends with the most certain reality of life - death.

Hence, it comes as no surprise that a creative person must be child-like. He/she must be able to see possibilities. A creative person hardly creates. He connects random dots, brings together unconnected thoughts and sees more reasons, implications and possible meanings to a given situation or thought. And above all else, he sees humour, hope and happiness.

So you should always try to look for possibilities when you can and make the most of them. Because once you grow old you stop seeing possibilities. Or is it the other way around?


sruthi said...

As i read through your post i connected with each and every sentence...till i reached the part about creative people.
How can you say that creative people hardly create?They create constantly, they create worlds, parallel ones.. which others refer to as imaginary worlds. But the creative person knows that his world is his reality. And he believes that in his world every thought and dream of his are events waiting to happen, they only need his permission.

And the answer to the last question - i think it is the other way around. The ability of your mind to conjure up new possibilities every moment defines your age, not the time you have spent in this earth.

srijith said...

@sruthi thanks for your comment. All I'm saying is that however drastically different or wild one's imagination be, it springs from things he/she has seen, read or experienced. Hence it is a rearrangement of existing things and phenomenon. Pretty much like the law of conservation of mass, nothing new is actually created. Every idea is born by connecting random thoughts and every fantasy has its roots in reality. And for the second part, I agree.