Existential Bummer

How should we react to the fact that everything we love will eventually come to an end?

It is inevitable that all things we love will cease to exist. The people in our lives, the places we find comfort in, the beauty in the world around us, etc. all these things at some point will begin to fade away until it is no longer there.

Do we go about our lives finding no attachment in things with the thought that some day it will leave us? Why get attached when it will inevitably lead to heart-break in some way, shape, or form? What makes us go on believing in love (that no matter what, despite the fact that all these things we find love in will some day be gone)?

Hope. Acceptance. Comfort. And the thought or idea, that despite the pain of losing these things will cause heart ache, that for some period of time it will bring us an overwhelming sense of joy and connection.

We allow ourselves to become vulnerable in giving our love to someone/something, knowing that one day it will no longer be there. The temporary feeling of connectiveness gives us a sense of purpose and meaning – the power to feel connected to people, places, and things.

We allow ourselves the willingness to find joy in or connect to something/someone with no guarantees. It is like making an investment with no forecast on what the future may bring – but you’re willing to at least try to see what happens so long as it brings you some sense of connectiveness in this moment. And it is in these moments that we hold on just a little tighter, and tell ourselves we’re not yet willing to let go.

“I think we hold onto each other a little harder and say ‘I will not let go, I do not accept the ephemeral nature of this moment. I’m going to extend it forever…or at least I’m going to try.'” – Jason Silva


11 thoughts on “Existential Bummer

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