When we take pictures of clouds, we capture them as still images.
We are unable to capture the fact that they are moving forward with the help of wind in pictures.
Just like the wind which guides and moves the clouds across the sky, we have friends and family who care for us even if we may not know it. Individuals are guiding and moving us forward through life even if we do not notice them. As we go through life, when we think back to moments of our past and lament, perhaps we fail to see how the individuals involved in our past unbeknownst to us who have helped us to become who you are today. Or put less optimistically, influenced us to be the person we are today, be it good or bad. Our current self.
However, unlike the clouds which have no mind of their own and can only follow the wind, we are able to make our own decisions and choose whether or not to let the wind determine where we go.
At times, there may be winds from different directions, all leading to different places. We have to think for ourselves and decide which way to go. Choosing which wind to ride on is like choosing between people’s differing advice and routes opened up for us by others or ourselves. Unlike clouds which would have no choice but to simply follow the strongest wind, we have the ability to choose as long as we can withstand whatever is pressuring us to adopt a different route in life than we would like.
I’d like to believe that we are freer than the clouds in the sky.
I talked about my “selves” in a previous post of mine. Now I think that perhaps they are simply products of my choosing a particular direction to head towards. A specific path towards a different me at every turn, creating a new “self” each time.
Just like clouds, we are ever-changing.
Just like dry air infiltrating clouds results in dissipation of the clouds, allowing dry, mundane tasks to soak into our daily lifestyles will eventually eat away at us and leave us more and more empty inside.
We need something meaningful to fill our days and allow us to maintain our “self”. Just like clouds need moisture to maintain their shape or possibly change our shape into something bigger.
Every action of ours is slightly influenced by others. The slightest of winds can change the direction of where our lives are headed.
In the end, we are ultimately moving along life guided by those around us whether or not we choose to accept the fact. Every action is a reaction to those around us or even just to our surroundings. No action is independent of another.
This post was influenced by a simple two sentences in Fuujin Monogatari,
“Clouds move with the wind. So when you capture the clouds, you’re also capturing the wind.”
A simple statement. Something that should be common sense. Yet, it made me think.