Musings - People
Reading fiction books is something I’d love to do till the end of time. A good book (and movies and shows, yes yes) takes you into an imaginary world which isn’t true, but it has truth in it.
I read the Divergent Series some time back. One particular quote stuck with me.
“𝘗𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥, 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘴. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘺𝘰𝘶, 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘴. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮.”
― 𝘝𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢 𝘙𝘰𝘵𝘩, 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘵
Sometimes you think you know someone. You probably know a little about the person. Things like what they prefer, like or dislike. As social beings, we have to know things about the ones around us. A few facts here and there. Then, instinctively, you piece it together in a way that makes sense to you. From your perspective, you know that person.
However, people change everyday. Something I see or hear today could change me for the better or worse. It could be a small quote I read or a significant incident. The lyrics of a song could help you gain insight into something. It could be trifling or splendid, but it can transform you. A sudden surge of emotion, a state of helplessness, a feeling of determination, or a sense of joie de vivre, each of these (and many others) can mould you as an individual.
I am not going to say that we are all butterflies and we undergo metamorphosis. Even then, we all unfold from our chrysalis. We learn and we change.
In spite of this being a brilliant way of growing, it does make things difficult at times.
𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘥𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦?
It is barely possible to fathom another person’s intentions. What do they want? Do they really care about anything other than themselves? Will they be there for you, the way you were there/will be there for them? After all, in times of need, we do need some one to lean on.
Knowing someone, their shadowy reaches and secret alcoves, is seemingly impossible.
As Veronica Roth says, “You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.”
So you do.
𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩.