We all built forts with pillows and blankets when we were younger. I wanted to keep out the grown-ups, and have a sword fight with an imaginary arch enemy with in the privacy of the walls of my soft, cushy fort.
When I, now, look at these real fort walls, set in brick and stone, casting their expanse over miles and miles around, standing strong since centuries, I look in wonder. These strong walls that encase the fort in, were crafted for a purpose, for safety, security and privacy and the likes.
As we grew up, the soft walls of our forts fell, and the hard walls took their place with each lesson life taught us. Sword fighting turned inwards, and the arch enemy, within self. What have we made our walls so strong for?
I’ve learnt with whatever little life experiences I have, closing in doesn’t work, not in the long-run, not for mental peace, not even in the short run however strongly it might feel like. Sure some bitter learnings tilt you towards laying that brick on top of the other, eventually it closes off the path to your own growth.
You learn more when you’re open to unlearning first, you succeed more when you’re open to failing first, you don’t establish a human connection by putting fences and closing off your territory, and, incidentally, everything that you do is built on human connections. What, then, have we made our walls so strong for, I ask again?
Our lives aren’t forts, we aren’t forts, we’re rationally irrational and predictably unpredictable beings, our unique experiences and the understanding of those experiences are the moat, but we still aren’t forts.
Give me a pillow or two again, and this time watch me put them out flat and gun for some sound sleep, because the enemies, the habits & routines & negative emotions that pull one back, are within, and so in between those cushions, therein lies my solution, and the solution isn’t building a fort.
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