We live in times when people who want to build and maintain a certain social status must also breed their digital twins (slices from their lives on Instagram, what they follow on Facebook etc.). For some people it is easy, others are struggling with it, because the virtual world does not go hand in hand with their natural setting. And these twins (not only through social media) are gaining momentum in importance. In the light of all sorts of celebrities, idols, and life coaches who tell you directly or indirectly how you should live, what a full life means, we are bending and transforming our essence to fulfill those ideas. But what if these ideas aren’t in line with our internal settings? What if the society only taught us what we should want from life? It’s like advertising… its job is to convince you that you really need what it promotes. Not only do you need it … you desperately want it. And at that moment there may be a split. Spiritual injury. Departing from the natural path that belongs to each of us. And the soul can respond to it in different ways.
I do not want to say that today’s society is responsible for all the depressed people, but I think it would be a good idea to think about how external manipulation and continuous integration affect us and how we can be intellectually and spiritually mutilated. Make the bird just walk the earth and let it forget that it has functional wings – it will internally termented by it, even if it doesn’t know anymore that it can fly. Convince the fish that there is nothing interesting about ordinary swimming, that everyone is walking along the shore and it’s great – make it act outside it‘s own nature and it will never find inner harmony, inner peace.
Harmony and inner peace – I don’t think people get that much. I think that it is something people often don’t even know they should get. And to get it, to work on it, they must first know themselves … really get to know themslelves. Finding out if they happen to be fish, what nonsensically walks on dry land, if they happen to be birds that have forgotten that they can fly. You can be a successful manager who makes a lot of money and has an expensive sports car and a big house, because it’s really cool to have an expensive sports car and a big house … but what if you don’t really need any of that? What if you aren’t really the lawyer that your mother always wanted you to be, the lawyer you eventually became … what if you were born with the hands of a carpenter who will never find their true meaning, because instead of working with wood these hands write court speeches?
I think that depression can be avoided even so, when one starts to know oneself, when he begins to listen to himself and finds out who he really is. When he finds out who he is and will be at peace with it. It can identify its shortcomings and work on them, but it should not bend according to what society determines. When a boy likes a girl who tells him that she likes blue-eyed and long-haired guys playing the guitar, while the boy has short hair, brown eyes and plays no musical instrument, he can grow his hair, learn to play the guitar, even if he doesn’t like it, but it’s hard to change the color of his eyes … but instead, he should simply ask himself if the girl is right for him at all.
Know yourself, be yourself, be honest with yourself. Certainly, sometimes there is a need to compromise and have humility in your life, but set limits to those compromises – not go beyond and deny the essence of your unique self. Find yourself, find your way and follow that path.