80 Post Challenge – Post 19

Do you believe that we are all here for a reason? What might the reason be?

This links back somewhat to a post a I wrote about religion while doing this challenge. It was some while back now and I still feel that some of the stuff I wrote there is relevant. I’m not going to dive back into that debate though.

I know we’re all here for a reason. What people mistakenly think when I say that however, is that this reason has to be something big and world changing. Of course there are people who are supposed to do that, have done that, will do that, but that cannot be the same for everyone. Otherwise massive inventions, innovations and creations wouldn’t mean anything any more. Mozart…? Einstein…? Julius Caesar…? Rosa Parks…? Admiral Nelson….? Hell even less savoury types like Hitler. All of them have done something amazing (if not necessarily nice or admirable) but we remember them. They have made their mark on the world and left an ever lasting imprint. For good for for worse, that is what those people were there to do.

And the rest of us? What if we’re just here to be good to one another? What if Robin Williams is actually just here to make us laugh, while Beyonce and J-Lo are just here to make girls realise that actually having an arse isn’t a bad thing? Maybe folk like Bin Laden and Saddam Hussain were around to remind the rest of us just how lucky we are that we aren’t in the thick of the trouble they caused and to encourage the ones in power to help those who are suffering? What about that?

And me? What if I’m just here to sell some vampire books, entertain and leave my impression of vampires on the world? What if that’s all I’m supposed to do? What if I’m not even meant to do that?! What if all I’m supposed to do, all I need to do, is go about my daily life, not lie, cheat, steal or kill and be good to the world. Encouraging people to do the same. Its all very simple.

Just like any big office needs the ground level plebs who have no desire to work up the career ladder, big companies need the people on the ground to function, as well as those who want to be people leaders and CEOs. After all, if everyone wanted to climb to the top, how the hell would any of the work get done? Likewise, if everyone wanted to stay at the bottom and relax, how would things get organised, who would plan ahead and adapt the business plan to the changing economic climates?

Chinook salmon moving upstreamYes, I do certainly believe we’re here for a reason. The theory of evolution amazes me and, frankly put, I can’t believe that its still a theory. What else are we going to turn to for a creation story; the Garden of Eden?! Anyway, there are things in the world too amazing, to intricate and too well planned to be an accident. Granted there are other things that you certainly hope were an accident – we’re in big trouble if Mother Nature thought sending salmons upstream to shag, then die was a funny idea – but there aren’t many of those. If you take out all of the things that humans have added to the world, there is a natural balance and order which shows through easily. Almost like everything was put here and then left to get on with it, with enough planning and hints and tips to give us a head start. Not to say that some omnipotent power put us here, but that nature spun us out of nothing when the time was right and it all began.

Phew. That’s a bit deep for so early in the morning. I still have to go to work and try not to growl at people who are shouting at me for problems that aren’t my fault. I wonder if I can say that part of the reason I am here is to be in that office? I kinda hope not; as much as I like this job I want to be able to move forward with the career I want. I’ve spent too long faffing now. I have decided – in fact I decided a long time ago – that I am here to write novels and share them with the public. So that is what I am going to do.





My 80 Post Challenge is brought to you with help from Tom Slatin’s 80 Journal Writing Prompts.

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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