Life is complex. And we cannot fully comprehend its complexities.
Take time, one of the complexities of life, for example. It continuously moves forward, doesn’t take a break and never goes back. We can’t mould it according to our desires; in fact, we have to adjust our lives according to its ticking hand.
So, we can’t change what happened – or didn’t happen – in the past. We don’t know what the future holds. And the present is always slipping off from our hands.
We’ve limited time, which is continuously ending. We don’t get a full grasp of this simple fact until a long time passes. Then we are left with remorse, regret, guilt and “I wish…”
While solving a Rubik’s cube, I’ve realised that to solve more pieces, one has to go back and move the already solved pieces. In other words, to move forward, one has to go back and take a different path. Alas! This isn’t possible in real life. When we make a mistake, we have limited time to rectify it. Once that time window closes, there is nothing we can do. And we are left with lifelong remorse.
One says, “Everything happens for a reason.” But, what about things that didn’t happen? Not because those were impossible, but because we didn’t take a step. Would it be sensible to say that we didn’t act because it was meant to be?