I had an epiphany of sorts today. I was doing one of my rare moments of philosophizing, when I came up with this gem:
Everybody’s life is a Read-Only Adobe file.
Before you think I’ve gone off my rocker, let me explain. I was thinking about how we’re all each responsible for our own happiness and sadness, when I hit upon this analogy. We’re all Read-Only files. Anyone can download us, read us, comment on us, criticize us … whatever. Ultimately, though, no one but us can do anything about it. And that works for both good and bad stuff. Somebody sees a typo in the document? No one but the owner can change that. Too bad. Some kind soul can notify us about it, in which case we make a conscious effort to correct it, or we just realize it on our own and change it ourselves.
On the other hand, if someone doesn’t like something about the document? Well, too bad for them. We have full ownership, so we have the right to keep and remove whatever we want. No one but us can change the document, just like no one but us can control our emotions. We choose to be happy or sad, we choose the way we feel. That’s why it’s stupid to say, “I’m sad/depressed because of so and so”, because ultimately, we’re the only ones who can alter the way we feel. Sure, people can influence us, but remember. The text is Read-Only.
Um, yeah. That’s my random moment of philosophization. I’m probably going to look at this a few months down the line and go bang my head against the wall, but it makes sense to me right now and I guess that’s all that matters.
(Yeah, I feel terribly random today.)