Updated: Feb 12
What are some of your reading rituals?
As an avid reader, I put a lot of weight on the first sentence. I pay attention to the words, the structure and the framing.
Why, you ask?
Well, as a trained writer I understand that beginnings, while often unconsciously bypassed, are still attributed to the role of psychological anchor. However the storyline unfolds, beginnings serve as the point of reference that inform the impressions and judgments made, as you read through the pages.
Once the story comes to an end, you’ll either feel smug, because you’ve anticipated the ending and it unfolds according to what was expected, or you’ll be consumed with rage at the unexpected turn of events…
Or, maybe, you’re that elusive “other” — the soul who finishes a book feeling nothing. If you’re that person, we need to be introduced.
How does that have anything to do with embracing the unknown?
Well, because it portrays a common behaviour in all of us. A behaviour which is actually the opposite of embracing the unknown.
We tend to approach all novelty with predictions and assumptions on how it will end. Always in a state of expectation and anticipation.
Which takes away the fun of not knowing. Or maybe, for some of you, the stress and anxiety in not knowing.
The funny truth is, no matter how often our predictions prove true, the unfolding of events have never had anything to do with our having predicted it.
Any alignment is purely based on chance, even if that chance is repeated. I mean, we even put weighted distributions on chance, get sophisticated and call it statistics. Formalizing our interpretations of chance makes us feel really good about our sense of control of future events.