Chrysalis

“The things you own end up owning you.
It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.”
“Fight Club”, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk

What would you do if you lost everything?

I mean everything. You wake up, you notice the house is on fire, you escape outside, covered only by a blanket and spend the next few days in a hospital. When you are released you have lost everything — the house is completely burned down and even your blanket is gone.

What would you do? Would you try to recreate what you had or would you use that … precious moment of freedom to recreate yourself differently. Would you use the time in the hospital as a kind of Chrysalis to emerge changed on the other side when you are released?

What would you change if you could change everything?

I think that it is very hard for people to change even small aspects of themselves, because they are caught in traps of their own making. Their own environment that works well with these aspects, even if they want to change them. But if that environment is removed, perhaps then change becomes possible. This might be one reason why people act differently on vacation than at home.

Perhaps there are other ways to change yourself than by loosing everything you own. But think of what you carry with you, and of what you want to become. Do you think you can achieve this in the environment you are in? Or should you discard some things that do not fit and get the things you need, or even none at all?

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