Calm down. Take a deep breath. This is not a test. To be quite honest: it’s not even about math. It’s all about the importance of life. Is it really so plain as 2+2=4 or is there some crazy algorithm in between the first integer and the equals sign? Let’s just pretend for a moment that it is so black and white that the answer to the question is that it is that simple.
Let’s just say that life is completely made up of simple math equations. How interesting does life look now? Does the black and white, the straight and narrow, the closed minded really look so great after all? We wake up in the morning, and we get into our insignificant car, to go to our insignificant job, to pay for that insignificant car and our insignificant house, all just to go to bed, wake up and do it all over again. If that is how you want to live your life then go ahead and do that. Sometimes there are shortcuts in math equations and some people don’t mind using them.
I, on the other hand, will take the long way around with that hidden algorithm that is used to find out the sum of 2 and 2. Life is made up of the little things in between. It is made up of all of the moments, the heartaches, the love, the blissful things that just make you want to close your eyes and feel something for once in your insignificant life. Maybe feeling insignificant can be a good thing sometimes. Have you ever been on a mountain top and suddenly felt like you were not the most important thing anymore? Have you ever felt like there was something bigger than just your ego? If you have, then you know the algorithm to take the long way around the equation that is in question.
Life isn’t about just taking the shortcut. It’s about learning to enjoy the power that it takes to figure it out step by amazing step. That algorithm may seem scary but if you just take the time to think it through, you will see that life is a lot more enjoyable without all the shortcuts and worrying about “where you are right now”. In life, we almost always question the path that we are taking.
There is phrase that a friend of mine always used and it resonates with me when I am scared to do the things that are really difficult in life. He said, “When in doubt, just jump”.