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Monday, October 03, 2005

What have I been doing with my life?

Bob thinks I am not doing anything with my life. He also thinks that the not-doing is related to over-analysis like these blog posts. Either not-doing leads to over-analysis, or over-analysis leads to not-doing or maybe it is both.

That's funny. He is right and also wrong.

So here are a few comments for Bob:

1. Umm. Bob. Analysis IS doing. The difference between thinking things through and doing things is not as great as it appears. I think they are very similar. That's why I used to do visualization as a key part of my gymnastics training.

2. I am doing stuff, it's just that the stuff I am doing may not be tangible or easily measurable or the sort of stuff you tell strangers or the sort of stuff that I tell you. I will write a list for you.

3. There is nothing wrong with not-doing. In fact I would prefer to not-do consciously than to do lots of things on auto-pilot because that is what everyone else does.

4. Analysis paralysis. Yes. But it is better than a) being asleep paralysis or b) being stupid paralysis or c) not wanting to change paralysis.

5. The 'over-thinking" is a hobby. Like reading and baking and knitting.

6. Yes. You are right. I am drifting.

7. Yes. You are right. I am stuck.

One need not be "doing something with" one's life. In my book, simply living one's life is good enough.
Hey.. you have a great blog here..

Just my 2 cents..

Why do we have keep doing something or the other? Is a necessity for survival? and of course thinking is doing something... analyzing is doing something... just staring a white wall is also doing something.. its all about being one with yourself.. isn't it?
Yeah...thinking is doing something and not doing anything is also doing something.

I am not sure what people mean when they say things like you aren't doing anything. I think they mean that I am not doing anything significant as they define it.
Yet more apropos Rush lyrics, from the song Freewill:

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose freewill.

I like those lyrics.

Song lyrics seem particulalry meaningful at the moment, but maybe it's just my state of mind.
Then how about:

"I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like, it's got a basket, a bell and rings and things to make it look good.

I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it"

--Pink Floyd.
Well, that really stopped the conversation!

How about this song then:

I'm all out of faith
This is how I feel
I'm cold and I am shamed
Lying naked on the floor
Illusion never changed
Into something real
I'm wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn
You're a little late
I'm already torn

So I guess the fortune tellers right
I should have seen just what was there and not some holy light
But you crawled beneath my veins
And now, I don't care
I have no luck
I don't miss it all that much
There's just so many things
That I can't touch
I'm torn"

It's better with the video clip...this is where I could put in a shameless plug for Zen State, but I'm off to do a haiku.

My desk has no light
The printer is far away
Distraction warms me
nothing to say after that Pink Floyd quote :)

Oh and I have just read the v. cool and somehow appropriate Torn lyrics cause I was inspired by that video clip which I am going ot put in a separate post cause I think people should go watch it :)

And it is the wrist to height ratio that is indicative of mysteriousness! I somehow failed the Sir Humpreys word verification test 3 times in a row and gave up on replying.
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