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Red Threads

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We understand time from a linear perspective. We see it as a one-way line taking us from point A to point B, and we see it like that because: how else would our brains process the many events that happen and cannot be changed? We look at life and the many instances of its passage as a constant cause and effect. If this happens then that will, and time will carry that event out as a dependent variable. I however beg to differ. Instead, I offer a different theory, one I like to nickname the RPG theory. The idea that some events in your life are simply totalities of your life. Unavoidable pros and cons that life offers as you go about your daily activities. I argue that some aspects of our lives are unavoidable, determined by unforeseen or uncontrollable factors. Something in the time stream is cemented in that point, and there’s no going around it. I choose to believe that those immovable blips are people. Their choices in how they treat you may be fluid in time, springing off a multitude of futures that slip into the weaving tapestry that is the universe and its infinite wisdom. Yet, I believe that meeting some people is an unavoidable segment of your life.

Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with anything, but bear with me. I have a lot of thoughts in my “pretty” head, and you need to know them to fully grasp what I’m trying to explain. After all, it’s all connected. Me, the people I touch along the way, Aubrey, you name it. We go by different names and have different dreams but the totality of our existence amounts to how much “good” we can put out into the universe. Good being a relative term, mostly, but highly dissuading events such as rape or murder. Our choices are our own, but who we’re supposed to meet along the way isn’t, or at least not always.

Think about it. The circumstances that line you up to meet that person at the exact moment, whether they become your best friend or your greatest enemy. Your lover or your heartbreak. The history in us that stacks up creates a universe that is seen wholly from the unique perspective of the viewer. In a way, it’s kind of Aca-Awesome. In a way it makes me feel infinitely small, yet it also makes me feel completely in focus.

Yet this is a story of how timing is everything, yet who a person is can cement them in your existence forever. Regardless of when or where some people are bound by the particles of the universe. Their very molecules tying them together for the entirety of the universe’s existence. This is a story of love not being enough, or being everything. It’s a story of the dark side and the light. It’s hope and despair. It’s life. It’s what you want or hates. At the end of the day, it’s what you make of it.