So it’s Sunday night and I already made the great decision of leaving all my homework till now: and unfortunately there is nothing I can do to change that. I’ve been sitting here for a good 30 minutes trying to think about a time where I have recently re-evaluated and changed the ways I see things or popped the stereotypical bubble of many things in life. And guess what? I’ve came up with nothing. Of course there is always the things we were told when we were little “the tooth fairy is real” or “santa is real” or “the easter bunny is real”, but I’m trying to find a time where a whole change in perspective set a series of events in motion. After thinking about the reason I couldn’t come with anything, it dawned on me: what if I can’t think of anything because I haven’t popped that bubble yet? I haven’t questioned the unexplored life I’m settling for. I haven’t evaluated my life with philisophical consideration. I haven’t ever been truly skeptical about what was infront of me. With those thoughts in mind I’m trying my best to come up with things I can reconsider. There are the simple things like why we go to school everyday or why we sink into a daily routine. But the bigger ones I can’t think of because I have no idea what I want to do in the future. I have no idea what career path to take, what university to go to, where I want to live…. just absolutely no clue. And that’s when I thought about it: none of the people in Plato’s cave knew what was to become of their future, and maybe that’s why they never questioned it. They were so settled into their daily routines of watching the figures on the wall (to them they were actual real things) that they didn’t know to question why they were doing this everyday. Maybe if I had some idea of what I wanted to do in the future I would be able to evaluate the things I’m doing now.
What if it this whole paragraph was actually me climbing my way out of the cave. With all my realizations of what Plato’s cave is truly about and what I really need to do to be able to evaluate my life, maybe that is what it took for me to actually explore my life. I figured out I have been settling (and what on), and now I can focus on the important issues and use this as self-improvement for the future.