It’s late and I’m thinking that if I don’t go to bed the weekend won’t end while I am still awake! It’s a strange thing how our experiences quickly become memories. Sometimes this fading is a good thing if the things are painful, but sometimes we want to hang onto the good times, yet they slip through our fingers like water. The last couple of weeks have been such a great time with Abi and Iain’s wedding. Many times I’ve thought “I wish it would never end”. Yet they do end and then am I alone in wondering what is their legacy? I see two options I think:
The first is that our experiences mean nothing, we are blobs of carbon spinning through a heartless universe and so the emotions we experience are weird and complex shadows of genes preserving themselves “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing”
I can’t except that.
The fact that we do all search for meaning and significance tells me that it is there to find. I know that it is impossible for me to believe our lives are just part a complex, impersonal machine. The events we live through resonate with us through our lives affecting the way we react in new situations and changing us. People we meet and relate to shape our future and theirs. The truth of our past bears promise of hope for the future -hope and purpose, an ultimate goal we can head towards. Things that happen to us have significance, they mean something. Learning this makes the horizon an exciting destination because the future is where all the good things are going to happen.
And as Mark Twain said:
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why”
And as Tolkien confirmed:
“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.”