26 august 2023
Inception is one of my favorite films. I usually watch it maybe once or twice a year. I find the themes of letting go and ideas to be quite appealing to revisit every now and then. Over the years as I've grown and gained a little bit of wisdom, I realized something about ideas and thoughts in general.
Our thoughts shape our realities, our ideas lay the foundations of our habits which then in turn create our lives. In the film its explored how an idea can go about to change the very foundation of who you are as a person, and I think there is very much truth to that idea.
I used to scroll social media quite a bit, especially during the 2020 pandemic and all that. I realized quickly that it wasnt very good for me. Nothing on social media is very real, people post idealized versions of thier lives, and the world gets distorted by algorithms and fake likes. I replaced social media with a healthier habit, I should say I suplemented, because I still browse the ashes of Twitter and check DM's on instagram and such. I started looking into stoic philiosphy and researching the ideas there.
After some other dramatic life events and reading Marcus Aurelius's meditations, I started focusing on my health more, my mind and body, as well as my real relationships with people in real life. That's not to say I neglected them, but I realized just how useless the song and dance of social media is. It is much more fruitful and fulfilling I've found just focusing on real life and the moment in fromt of you.
I essentially performed an inception on myself, by altering my thoughts and the media I consumed for a more positive outlook. In turn that let me focus on good habits that laid the foundation of what I'm working towards today. So be careful friends, what you read and see affects you whether you realize it or not.