Tonight seems like a great night for train of thought kind of thinking.
Have you seen Inception? Yes? Awesome! You may have some reaction to what I’m going to say. No? Oh, that’s too bad but it probably doesn’t matter too much.
I saw it today. I went out with the engineering team from work. That was pretty fun.
Anywho, I wasn’t impressed. The ending did not reveal some hidden truth or question about the universe. Nothing. It made me think at times but nothing earth-shattering. I get that the story has a lot to it and it was well written and directed. But the hype around this movie is worth diddly.
I did think of this while sitting in the theatre. The mind tries to protect us on multiple levels, do not question how strong your inner being may try to protect or hide you. It’s done for a reason and if you try to push it, it will not end up the way you think.
Also in the news today, work had (not really past tense cause it’s still happening) an outage. A hard outage. It is going to be an interesting day tomorrow. So, lesson here: expect the unexpected.
But the important part is to expect it months or years in advance. And this isn’t a, “your life is never going to be awesome because karma sucks” or “don’t let yourself get too excited because you’ll only be taken down by a disappointment” statement. This is a “have a backup plan” statement. Just be aware that should certain things go wrong, don’t leave yourself sitting on your hands wondering what’s going to come around and slap you in the face next.
Nothing can ever be predicted completely. Which is nice, because life would be boring that way. It’s also terrible because you can find yourself alone on an island for a few months talking to a volleyball.
So ok, to recap. Always have a backup plan, never question your own mind, and when everything else is upside down… you can always smile. A homeless guy on the street had a sign, “If you don’t have any money, you can just smile.”