On Spectating Life II


• Boston, MA

Read the (real life) story here.

This story pits mindfulness against action. I enjoy being quietly observant, nonjudgmental yet critical. It’s a positive way to reflect on the present moment, and it’s something I’ve had to intentionally develop. But spectating life is not all there is.

In contrast, I want to do more often. There are so many exciting, avenues of life to explore. For me, taking action is painful, it is committal, and I am wholly indecisive. But observation without action is to evaluate the world independent of myself, hindering my growth and learning, taking my agency for granted. As I continue to go off into this world, this is a lesson I shall take with me.