The prompt for Day 2 is ‘Pattern.’ Seems sort of simple, no? It made me think of my favorite work bag, which is a pattern I would never have picked out for myself, but I love nonetheless.
And then I went to the movies to see ‘Lucy’ with Scarlett Johansson. It was very good – lots of action, but it also had a nice cerebral twist to it. I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately – how we spend it, how we ignore the passage of it, how we sometimes wish it away and, in the end, beg for more of it. As Lucy says in the opening sequence, “Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?”
*my August calender, a pattern of days, with an underlying cool pattern
*my favorite watch, in desperate need of a battery
“Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away
It’s so unreal.”
-In the End, Linkin Park
I remember the first time I heard those lyrics, the hair on arms stood on end. We spend so much time on autopilot, caught in the carefully constructed patterns of our lives, the clock ticking our life away. Wrapping my mind around that fact has been sort of shattering for me over the last year. What are my patterns? What am I taking for granted? What am I ignoring completely? Hopefully I have another 60 years on this earth…how do I want to spend them? What do I want my life to look like? Do I have the courage to take the steps in a better direction?
Heavy questions, absolutely. Impossible to answer? I guess that depends on where you are in your journey. If nothing else, I hope this prompt cracks the door to at least asking the questions.
With love and luck,