Reality? What Does That Mean

The word reality gets thrown around a lot, and I have to admit that I’ve started to bristle upon hearing it. I’ve always been creative and as someone who writes fiction and poetry in addition to what I write here as well as being a visual artist…reality is often quite literally a figment of my imagination. Reality being a figment of the imagination  isn’t only true for creative people. It’s true for all of us to one degree or another.

What is true for you isn’t always my truth and vice versa. This is one of the things about life that I appreciate more with the passage of time. There have been times in which I’ve been persuaded to another point of view by being willing to at least hear someone out with an open mind. Other times, I walk away feeling and believing exactly as I did before but usually have enjoyed hearing what the other party had to say.

There are people out there who seem to want to argue or at least heatedly debate about every little thing under the sun. For some reason they need others to agree with with them. For the most part, it doesn’t matter to me if someone agrees with me. That doesn’t mean that I do not care or that I have no value for my beliefs. It’s just that I am perfectly fine with someone else thinking differently than I do. Of course there are things which I would never agree with…mainly things which cause harm. For the most part, I still don’t engage in argument because let’s face it…someone who thinks that it’s alright to hurt someone else usually can’t be reasoned with.

This doesn’t mean that I am little miss level headed. I’ll be the first to admit that I can have a foul temper at times. That I’m often mistaken. That I’m far from perfect. It’s just that I have come to understand that reality, just like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Isn’t life grand?

6 thoughts on “Reality? What Does That Mean

  1. Reality is way overrated anyway….. And it is in the eye of the beholder. Your reality is different from mine, and mine’s different from my friends’, etc etc etc

  2. Thank you for sharing your perspective. This is an important topic–something I have been pondering lately too. In dealing with one of those people you describe I started to contemplate the idea of the little “t” truth and the BIG “T” Truth. We all have our little “t” truths–life filtered through our bias, experience, culture, etc. I appreciate your talking about being able to have a conversation with others about little “t” truths without having to change your reality to appease the other person. Reminds me of Aristotle’s quote “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Cheers!

    • Thank you for the fantastic comment Larksong! I like that…little t truth and big t. I find other people’s version of reality and/or what seems to work for them to be very interesting. Think of how much we would miss out on if we weren’t willing to hear other people out. Nice quote! Thanks so much for dropping by.

  3. wow, beautifully stated, Sistar, And the beauty of it all is it can change everyday, even if we don’t invite it in. I continue towards doing more with the same amount of Time for each day, what kind of reality is that, LOL.

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