April 1, 2010

Lost in a Disney World

In continuation to the previous post, I realized that most of us are actually lost in the Disney World. We were given maps upon birth but after a while we've lost them. Some maps are still in our hands but they are so faded that we can't see the directions anymore. Or, it might be, that we have a map but simply can't read or understand it. Regardless, we're lost.
We keep walking around, either following other people and their trajectory, or doing things that look engaging to us. But most of those things are either not that exciting or not what we like at all.
Some of us ask for help how to get to a certain place. We go, but then there's a chance to get lost again because we're surrounded by too many things. Time goes by and we still haven't gotten where we wanted to go. Or maybe we have and we take the same ride, over and over and over, until we're about to puke. Should we get off the ride or ride on? We don't know where to go next, we have no map, so maybe we should stay on the ride, even if it makes us puke...
In the end, many don't even know where they want to go. They might have a map but nothing looks too exciting. They try one ride after another and it seems sort of okay. Until maybe, hopefully, they see something on the map or the road that catches their attention: That's exactly what they were instinctively looking for!


  1. People just don't know what to consider important. They base their goals on weak or trivial things and when they get there they have no idea what to do with themselves because it isn't really satisfying. I believe life has meaning and that true purpose can be a basis for important satisfying goals. Seems most people don't find it though.

  2. Very interesting analogy to life...so true.

  3. Thank you, M.V.

    Jon: I suppose one of the reasons people don't know what's important is because they don't know themselves and they don't know how to go about it. They look around and follow the society and what it wants. We're surrounded by trivialities, which aren't bad in essence. But when that's all we're after, they lead us astray. And then, yes, we have no idea what to do with ourselves.

  4. To build on the analogy: When we've lost our own map, we tend to either (1) start looking off of other people's maps (2) tell people that their maps are wrong (3) decide maps are meaningless but secretly wish we had one.

    And at the risk of being the person who always has a book to recommend, some of the ideas here remind me of STUCK (about how we get into ruts in life and don't know how to change).

  5. Jane, thank you for the addition. It's very true. The number 2 had a special weight, since that's what I'm mostly observing for the past 28 years. So many of us are convinced that our ways are the right ways. The rest are confused and unsure (thus the number 1s or 3s).
    I'm gladly accepting the book suggestion because I love, love, love to read. Can you tell me the author of Stuck?



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