Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Traffic | 12 August

I know, it's been a while since I posted about Thursday traffic, but don't dismay—it's back! I was caught in two storms during the traffic today, once on the way to work and once on the way home. It was the kind of storm that catches you off guard and makes you feel out of place. The sky darkened and a sheet of rain seemed to fall from the sky in an instant. It was during this moment that I thought about how much can change in the blink of an eye.

It seems that when we turn 10 or so, we begin reminiscing and thinking about how our lives have been and start to consider what our lives could be in the future. (wait, was that just me thinking that?) Then, when we become teenagers and start to compare ourselves to whatever else is in the world, we begin to imagine what our lives would have been like "if." We think, what if I had been like this person or what if I knew about that then. It's then that I feel we begin to decide who we really are—our personality becomes more defined and we start to take "control" of our lives.

I put control in quotes because I feel that though we have our own thoughts and preferences, we have very little control over the things outside of them. For example, though someone may hate cigarette smoke, a person can still be smoking near them. In the end, we can decide that we want something, but we might not always have the means or the method to achieve it.

Yet despite storms and other obstacles, I feel that we all have certain dreams that we cannot deny ourselves. Thing we want to accomplish more than anything—a purpose to achieve. So though for a moment today, I looked out of the window of the bus wondering how the weather might affect me. But I still knew that I had a destination I needed to reach and as we live our lives, we are all heading for our places, our destinies.

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