We Never Live

“We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.” Voltaire

Has it ever crossed your mind how much our lives rely on other people or things or events? It seems that we are always expecting something, we are always waiting for something or someone. That which will change our lives.

On any given day we are always waiting. We wait for the phone to ring, to ask us for a job interview, or to hear from a boyfriend or a girlfriend or friend, or our children or parents, or maybe the doctor. We wait for news, we wait to hear something that will make us feel better, that will somehow change our lives.

This is all so well, it’s what makes our life both interesting and surprising. But the thing that bothers me most is when I am in a new place and I see people from my past and we talk and exchange phone numbers and they promise to call and they never do. Something, a gut feeling, tells me that they never will, but I still wait. In the words of Khaled Hosseini:

“…of all the hardships a person had to face none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.” 

People nowadays, especially the young ones, have it the hard way. With the advance in technology and all the electronic gadgets that are out there available to anyone, they are always stressed. They are always on the lookout for text messages on their phones, they talk and walk and even eat while texting. Even in the classrooms, they can’t sit still for five minutes without looking under the table or fumbling in their pockets in search of their phones. They sleep with their phones under their pillows. And then there’s Facebook and twitter and the list goes on. Despite all these tools and applications, however, I think that young people nowadays have lost the art of physically meeting other people and communicating with them in person. They find it easier to just talk through a black box.

Now I am all for technology and new inventions, but haven’t we gone too far? Life in itself is already stressful without having to add to it. Especially when things go wrong and you find yourself jumping from one gadget to the other, from one application to the other, continuously checking your phone, your email. As Chuck Palhniuk said:

“After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.” 


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One Response to We Never Live

  1. I agree with you that the technology has really gotten out of hand. The young people are forever waiting, listening for that bell, or whistle, or ring tone that tells them they have a message on whatever contraption they have constantly in their pocket. They are so focussed on the machine that they miss out on what’s going on around them, like the teacher at the front of the class explaining complex Algebra, or the child in the stroller they are pushing. I think it’s about time they turn off those devices and concentrate on life, do things that don’t involve their iPhones (or whatever) and actually participate in life instead of waiting for it to happen to them. 🙂

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