"I don't think that being a strong person is about ignoring your emotions and fighting your feelings. Putting on a brave face doesn't mean you're a brave person. That's why everybody in my life knows everything that I'm going through. I can't hide anything from them. People need to realise that being open isn't the same as being weak."

- Taylor Swift

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

do you have any idea what you're doing? neither do I.

I like to think of us as pioneers. Nobody else has grown up in the world we are growing up in, now. Everything as a new meaning, new rules, new protocols - and nobody is very sure of the little details. Everything we do is new and exciting and dangerous; nobody knows what to do and how anyone will react to what you do. Friendships and relationships present themselves in new levels in new mediums, and it's all very much trial and error. If you like, we're running more on emotion than anything else; the dangerous hedonism of adolescence that makes decorum shake its head. There are books and books written on how to write a letter, how to talk to someone, how to fall in love and how to declare war; but we don't live like that anymore, and literature hasn't quite caught up yet. It's not the wisest thing, I suppose, to make up the rules as we go along, rules that aren't even worth writing down because our brothers and sisters, our children and their children, will all do things differently; we live in a time when the generations have nothing in common, there is no moment where time stands still and we all understand what is going on. There is no security in learning how to play to people's emotions, but maybe it's time that we learned to trust instict over institutions.

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