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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

FLEETING AS IT SEEMS

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Like I always say to myself, there will always be a good time to rest from the struggles of not to be strapped onto life's interminable treadmill of work, depression and success.

Life is fragile, as I recall reading that line from somewhere. It is, I should agree. But life is not only fragile, it is fleeting as well.

When you’re young, though, you don’t realize this so you squander away your time and energy on matters of no consequence. You do not think of life on such temporal terms unless you are afflicted with terminal illness or see someone close to you die.

Youth infuse us with a misguided sense of invincibility so that we rarely make the effort to live a purposeful and productive life. When we're young, the only thing we think about is who to have a great time. We foolishly live like we have forever. But we don't.

As you go on with your age, however, life somehow just seems shorter—so many things to do, so little time. The reality is that it is foolhardily to live like tomorrow will always arrive because you know deep down you fool no one but yourself when you think you can live forever. You know that even if you don't talk about it, even if you fear it, even if you reject it, death is certain.

I read some time ago that the average age of the adventure traveler is 45. I wondered why. Now I know why.

At 25, you desire adventure too—but of a different kind. At 25, you desire to see and be seen—with right people. And so you find joy in the party scene, collecting as many acquaintances along the way because at that age, the most important thing for you is to belong, to be accepted, to be seen as cool and hip by your peers. At 25, death by social suicide is so not acceptable.

At 45, however, you desire to find meaning in life. The party scene bores you. You no longer care to see and be seen because at this age, the concept of social suicide is moot and academic. You have come into your own. You no longer need affirmation from your fellow mortals. Now you need affirmation from a Higher Being.

And so you climb mountains, jump off cliffs and dive into the deep—to test your limits and perhaps to test your mortality. You search far and wide to look for what is novel and eccentric not what is popular and mainstream. Knowledge you have but it is insight you hunger for.

I many ways, the adventure traveler's physical journey runs parallel to her spiritual journey. As she searches for new people, places and experiences, she also searches for significance in her life.At 25, your significance is hedged on finding some one who completes you. At 45, the search for significance completes you.

At 25, you believe you have forever. At 45, you understand that life is fragile and fleeting—that very second counts. And yet nothing has essentially changed. Time is not moving faster than when you were 25. The one thing that has changed is you.

Your actions are no longer dictated by some social barometer. Your moods no longer rise and fall along with the popularity index. You have come to terms with mortality. Now, you want to set your priorities. You have arrived. Now you want to know how to depart gracefully from this life.

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A homegrown Cagaya-anon at his best; a Cebu BPO yuppie for 4 years and is bound to explore all other possibilities. Jetro Augustus Cortez Ramao, better shortly known as Jett, is an enthusiast of many sorts. iAMjett.blogspot.com serves as his avenue to influence and be influenced; to inform and get informed. Hop in and take more notice of iAMjett's being a ..:: good hearted guy + sneakerologist + movie-philliac + has a thing for airports, runways and jet planes + loves to sleep + complicated + non conformist + misjudged and misunderstood at times + doesn't talk much, listens more + caring + sentimental + OC + independent + did i mention OC? + strong willed and persistent + irrational and disobedient at times + used to hate places that require one to dance + maybe i like smiling now...loves cheese but is anything but cheesy + goes for almost anything spicy + has a fluctuating body clock + fickle minded + sensitive + grumpy at times + considerate + practices "delaying gratification" : ::..

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