Disaster Waiting to Happen

Have you ever looked at something and never thought of the possibilities that something bad would happen to it? Like a glass at the edge of the table or parking your car too close to a rowdy crowd? Perhaps a tiny nail at the corner of the eye? Not a sliver of thought, the possibility of damage.

But is there really a way to damage-proof life? This has been a constant challenge in my line of work. The inability to forecast anxiety, fears, and exhaustion and the dangers of these invisible thoughts to human’s actions, they leave me in pain. Why?Could I really save people from themselves? Humans make huge decisions out of despair and are often unable to verbalize these. The intent is not to hide them. Sometimes though they are unknown and masked with overwhelming shame to accept it for what it is. We want a way out of these despair, we want answers and we want to know why. The truth is not easy to embrace and hopelessness is a dark and unpleasant place. We want something significant to move inside of us. To see some light, to see some hope. Write a song, a poem, travel somewhere, burn the last heartbreak’s letters, quit our jobs, move someplace or move back home. We were so willing to make huge changes, to find answers or try.

Decisions. Nothing happens until we decide. But which decision to take? It’s such arrogance to think that we can influence people on their decision. Taking the counsel of my years, humans remain perplexing and stubborn. We are rebels of the society that shaped our fears, dreams, and feeds our appetite for significance. Hating conformity yet longs for utopia. We contradict ourselves all the time.

Going back to disasters waiting to happen. I could have moved the glass to the center of the table and circumvent its eventual falling. Moving the car someplace safer and remove that small piece of nail right away before forgetting about it. Minding the dangers or taking the chance. Predictions. They’re called intuitions but they aren’t always accurate. Forecasting isn’t an exact science. When it comes to humans, trying to predict comes at a huge cost. It is quite exhausting.


Published by monalisachong

Every one agrees that life is fleeting. And that life is change. It never stays the same. I am a believer of choice, of opportunities embraced and lost, I dictate what happens to me. This makes me hopeful, makes me dream, gives me courage and clears my realm. And I hope to share how change affects my life.

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