1. 2010.03.29 What if...

What if...

Life 2010.03.29 12:43
As years have passed I have come to a realization that the "What if" phenomenon is nothing more than an illusion of the mind.
It is common in everyday life to wonder "What if..." from time to time but why do it?
I guess one reason for a person to do it is to make a self-justification to make better sense of the situation at hand. Yet the issue with "What if" is that in life there really is no "could have"'s or "should have"s.
The only reason a person could say "What if..." is that they already have prior knowledge of what will happen if the same situation were to occur to them again.
Who wouldn't get the lottery numbers right if they were told all the winning numbers before the draw?
Most people rely on "What if"s because they want the best out of a situation. The "What if..." phenomenon gives people a means in which to fulfill that best case scenario even if it may not be in reality. Perhaps it is a necessary escape from reality to cope with what has already transpired.
Of course the tragedy of all this is that the escape is actually only a detour.

I don't know why I suddenly wanted to write about the "What if" but I think it's fitting during a time of preparation for exams and during a time when I look back on what I've done for the year.
I guess it's because this is the time of the year when I might have said "What if I didn't procrastinate so much?" or "What if I didn't do this or that?"

Not any more.

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