Patterns, life is full of them. Be it in your own life, or that of those around you. The question you should ask isn’t what those patterns are, but how much attention are you actually paying to them? Chances are, not nearly enough. If you’re a member of a social network such as Facebook, Plurk, Twitter, or even MySpace (for whatever reason), stop for a moment and think about what you seem to see on people’s updates over and over again. Those are the patterns.
Some people seem to be forever embroiled in drama, be it relationship or something more, whereas others may seem to be in constant depression or self destructive mode. Then there’s the ones who imagine themselves to be some sort of butterfly of love, flitting from relationship to relationship, grabbing hold of the first open flower, so to speak, only to end up wondering why they’re left feeling unfulfilled… or even up there with the aforementioned drama plagued group. So, what does this have to do with you? Maybe nothing, maybe everything; this is simply my observations and musings.
No one’s above the patterns, not me, not you. We all get caught up in one or another, the difference comes in how we handle said patterns, and whether we actually learn something from them. It seems that many people don’t, determined to keep doing the same things time and time again, changing nothing, and then venting their frustrations to the world. They have a name for that, in case you were wondering, it’s called insanity. Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results… I’m often insane, in case you wondered, and I have no shame in that.
So, I guess my challenge to you, should you care to bother, would be to start paying attention. Pay attention to what you say or do. Pay attention to what other people say or do. Identify the patterns, decide if there’s a lesson to be had. If it’s your own pattern, is it a healthy one? If not, what changes can you make to improve it? If it’s someone else’s pattern, is it negatively impacting your life? If so, can you afford to remove them from your life? Food for thought, random musings… whatever you want to call it.
It’s all just my… Insanity.