© Naziyah Mahmood, 2016.
© Naziyah Mahmood, 2016.
We live in a world made of boxes.
We spend all of our lives in a box – four walls, a floor and a ceiling.
We compartmentalize our daily duties into boxes too.
We leave our home box, get into a moving box, to then just go and sit in another box.
We eat from boxes – all those factory made “healthy” foods.
We pass on boxes to one another – Happy birthday!
We then spend the rest of our time looking at virtual boxes.
We rely on our ‘inbox’ for human to human communication.
We then retire to bed for the day and even dream in boxes.
The most dangerous box of all is the one that sits in everyone’s living room.
We spend whatever “free” time we have staring at a box that tells us what we can or cannot be. It tells us what we can or cannot do. It can make us believe next to anything as long as it’s done with dramatics.
We stare at that box, and at the beautiful scenery we see on it and think “I wish I could go there”, “I wish I could do that”, “I wish…”
It has the power to shackle down the human spirit by making us believe that what we are seeing on a screen IS firsthand experience. “You’ve seen one then you’ve seen them all”.
For a moment, step out of your box and look at the picture from an outside perspective.
How controlled does it feel? An orchestrated routine that we’re all told is a must in order to be living a ‘successful’ life.
Every one of those boxes looks the same – what a mundane world that would be.
Now that we are looking from ‘outside of the box’, look around.
Realise that you ARE being, and that you CAN live – not just survive in cubes.
Rather than sitting in front of a box, wishing you could see that natural setting, get up and go.
Rather than living a second hand experience, go and breathe in the very essence of what, in actuality, we all are and what we have been blessed with – the spirit of nature.
Yes, we all have obstacles and restrictions that can make it difficult, but go… because at the end of the day, when we take our last breath and are headed for that final box that will be going six foot under, at least you’ll be able to say to yourself…
© Naziyah Mahmood, 2015
~ She is gentle. She is kind. She is a picture of tranquillity in her serene presence.
She is also passionate. She is vivacious. She is a blazing fire in the realms of her own beliefs.
To ignore the latter would be to only accept a part of who she is.
Like a star, let her effervescent illumination shine bright. Smother it and the universe becomes that little bit darker. ~
(Original background photo by K. Clancy)