Paper and Ink, Series

Paper and Ink: The Stars Are Blind

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda:

It's always easier to blame mistakes and disasters on others. It's even better if the others can't defend themselves. No wonder fate is a much favored culprit. What better way to not be responsible for anything that goes wrong?

We don't see the things we need until we have them. Most times it's a surprise because we can't be sure what that is till we find it. Hoping our soul mate will turn up one rainy day with an umbrella is like standing on train tracks and expecting the train to stop in time. Nothing is certain, nothing is set in stone. Instead we stand on sand and hope it does not bury us under its avalanche as it shifts.

Fate isn't the bogey man so when you think something is meant to be, fight for it instead of cowering under insecurities and platitudes. The stars don't watch over us as we walk. They go about lighting the way. Don't hold them responsible for your actions.

Allen Saunders said, Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. Not everything can be foreseen and directed, there needs to be room for surprises. A measure of caution and preparation never hurt anyone.

Rick Riordan is of the belief that Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.  Do not predict, anticipate!

Does what we do define us? Or are we the ones that breathe life into what we do. If someone asked you what you do, would you start with your profession or would you express what you like to do?  We become mere shadows of what we do and what people expect us to do.

Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known, Chuck Palahniuk. We become an ideal person after letting things shape us and define us. No person remains unchanged by circumstances they face.Who we want to be is not necessarily who we end up as.

Shakespeare thought We know what we are, but not what we may be. People and circumstances change. Do not remain rigid expecting that where you are is the end. Pretending to be what you are not is responsible for who others think you are. Orson Scott Card summed that up with Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.
Chuck Palahniuk was on to something when he said We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are – Sane or insane; Saints or sex addicts; Heroes or victims; Letting history tell us how good or bad we are; Letting our past decide our future; Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it's our job to invent something better.

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  • Anthea Paelo

    “The stars don't watch over us as we walk. They go about lighting the way. Don't hold them responsible for your actions.” Liked this phrase, enjoyed the reading.

    • Emmeline Bisiikwa

      Thanks Anthea