‘It all happens for a reason’:
A string of pretty words popularized by Hallmark cards and Facebook comments, which in most situations proves to be completely and utterly irrelevant.
“Oh there, there, friend. It all happens for a reason.”
Whether we believe it to be true or not, we’ve all either said it or received it at one point in our lives.
As humans, we are constantly digging for reason.
After all, It is what we’ve been taught since we were young.
Identify the answer, and support with fact.
Isn’t that what our teachers have always said?
Which element of the periodic table contains the most protons? Explain your reasoning.
Analyze Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and identify symbolism. Explain your reasoning.
Explain. your. reasoning.
I hate to break it to you, but--
sometimes you’re just dealt a bad hand in life, and there isn’t a reason for it.
Sometimes, shit. just. happens.
No embellished, prophetic justification involved.
If we convince ourselves that reason is hidden behind every single interworking of our universe, we’ll constantly be waiting for that reason to show itself. The only thing that will arrive, however, is disappointment.
Stop searching for reason in every misgiving that you experience in life.
Sometimes, you just lose the game.
Sometimes, you just miss the train.
Sometimes, people just leave.
Instead of dwelling endlessly in the tangled realm of reason,
put a hand to your chest and feel.
Feel each rhythmic tremor that your heart sends rippling through your chest.
Feel the swelling of your lungs as breath is taken in and released.
Feel the warmth of your skin against your fingertips.
Congratulations, you’re alive.
Maybe it’s about time that you refuse to be content with simply existing,
when every fiber of your being is ready to start LIVING.
Move on. Your next chapter awaits.
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