The way I look at it, if you’re worrying about consequences you’re cutting back to much on all the potential consequences you could generate, by not actually taking action, by worrying instead of acting. Imo, it’s better to be impulsive, even ruthless, and splash the waters around you, cause ripples (good and bad, they both come no matter what). The alternative is stagnancy, emptiness, lack of stimulation. If life isn’t messy, in motion, then it’s not much of a life.
This coming from a current ‘nobody’ of course… but the only things I’ve ever done well, been able to say I did… well, they happened because I decided to do something. Even something as small as this post kind of illustrates that, as a sort of micro version of what I’m talking about. If I thought to much about what you’d think of this comment, or I worried about how you might feel as you first read it, I probably wouldn’t have done it.
Not leaving a comment on someone’s blog because of that (or saying something on my own) would be a mistake. And don’t get me wrong, I make mistakes like that all the time, but being a bit of a hypocrite doesn’t mean I’m wrong. Just means I ought to take my own advice more often. Like now, because while you might misunderstand me, or my intention, I now have not only an opportunity to explain myself if I need to, but a reason to.
We put our words out there even at the risk of being misunderstood, at the risk of looking like a fool from time to time, and it’s always better (at least for me) than not saying or writing anything at all. For good or bad, we create things, put them out there for people to react to, and deal with the consequences, even the unforeseen ones. Mine, yours… the same thing goes for posting on any blog or website.
It goes for just about anything too, not just writing, and not just in the virtual world of the internet. You think it’s better to sit on the sidelines than it is to be in a game? Think it’s better to wonder about writing than it is to actually write? Is it better to fantasize about a love life than to actually have one? Is it better to live your life as a worrier, a passive observer, or is it better to b involved, to have an impact on something?
I don’t know about you, but me, I’d rather leave the world with a scar than be forgotten. That’s not the plan, but still… I’d rather be a force for destruction than a force of nothing, with no effect, no importance, no impact. A benign and insignificant growth on the world’s surface, being born, existing for a few years, and then just dying… Is there anything worse than that?
(Inspired by Cold-Blooded and Ruthless)