“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning. Dream is also just a word until you decide to fight for it with all your enthusiasm and commitment.” Paulo Coelho
We all have plans for a future, some bigger than others. We more or less have an idea of how we want to live our life. It’s what we do to accomplish those plans, achieve those dreams, to make them come true, that is different.
We go to school, and then college, and get an education that will guarantee us a decent paying job. We fall in love, have a family, own a car and a house. But what do we do when along the way something happens? When we find ourselves in some kind of crisis and all of a sudden everything changes for us? Something beyond our control. Something like a hurricane, a tornado, a tsunami, an earthquake, a war or an economic meltdown occurs and we lose everything.
“Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.” Mitch Albom
When we lose our jobs, we lose our security with it. We start feeling detached from our surroundings, isolated from society. Our relationships with others become restrained. It is harder when we have a family and mouths to feed and the only way we know how to do it is taken away from us.
“In the face of pain there are no heroes.” George Orwell
The gap between the corporate world and the real one is huge. We are condemned. We feel the injustice in our condemnation. We try everything to stay in the game.
“What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.” Doris Lessing
But when all around us people are struggling for the same reason what chances do we have? In a commercial world how can we succeed once the flow is interrupted? Can we still follow the norm? Can we still continue from where we left off, or shall we start all over again? What is the norm? There are no norms at times of crisis. There are no dreams left for us. Our struggle has turned into that of survival from day to day. We don’t have any ambitions left anymore.
“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” Albert Einstein
We move with the flow, we follow everyone around us, we sit- in, occupy Wall Street, other cities in the United States, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and then what? We ask ourselves if anything good comes out of it would we be among the lucky ones? What would these generalities prove? We are dependent on circumstances, and forces bigger and more powerful than anything we ever dreamed of.
“One has no right to make up one’s mind about the future in advance. After all, nothing exists except for particular instances. Generalities do not prove anything.” Simone de Beauvoir