By Pallavi Sharma
“Most people live life on the path we set for them, too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along and knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize free will is a gift you never know how to use until you fight for it. I think that’s the Chairman’s real plan – that maybe one day we won’t write the plan, you will” – The Adjustment Bureau.
I am pretty sure that anyone reading this post must’ve either watched or definitely heard about the movie “The Adjustment Bureau”. And if you haven’t, then I’d say it’s a must watch! Movies have a way of externalizing our deepest emotions and giving them a sense of reality which we otherwise are not be able to in our lives. And some movies do that more than others. In case of “The Adjustment Bureau”, it got me thinking on a level which has been present deep inside me, and one I have been in conflict with since the beginning of time. Maybe that is what makes this movie so special to me and close to my heart.
As we all know that the movie centers around two people in love and the restrictions a power higher than humans is creating for them by keeping them away. But it isn’t only the love story in this movie that gets me going, but it is the idea of free will vs. fate. There are many schools of thought that believe that our life’s events, circumstances and course is predestined – It is written for us and we are just puppets of a big player somewhere in the universe who has laid out the game of treasure hunt for us, and is watching us picking up clues to get to the treasure that has already been decided for us. And yet again another school of thought is what the movie is about – free will. That we as humans have free will to choose whichever path we want to and sometimes create a path where one never existed.
My belief has always been aligned more with the second school of thought – of making things happen. And I am pretty sure that in today’s day and age, more and more people are believing in the power of free will, and are pushing the boundaries of what one can or cannot do. But does it negate the importance of fate in that case? Or do our lives consist of a combination of free will and fate?
So why did I choose to move away from my usual health and fitness rant and write about a philosophical topic as such? As we move into 2013 and work on our new year resolutions and work on creating/finding a new fitness regime or what have you, it is a good question to ask ourselves which way do we really sway – free will or fate or both? If you are a believer of just fate, then most likely a resolution does not make a whole lot of sense, as you will be flowing with the tides of time. But if its free will, you might be waging a war, fighting out all the obstacles coming your way, and that’s when life becomes fun and interesting. And don’t we all want that!
So this coming new year, lets try embracing our lives and protect our dreams by using our gift of free will. Attain those goals and dreams that you have always wanted to. Try looking out of the box, and you’d see yourself as a speck of dust in this galaxy of a multitude of little specks. You will realize that there are much bigger things in life out there which you never knew existed. And maybe then you’d realize that your problems aren’t as big as you thought they were. Or maybe you’ll realize that there are other things out there to explore and open your mind to.
So push your boundaries this new years and make something extraordinary happen in your life. Be your own “chairman” and adjust your life as you please, because you’re worth it! No one promised a trouble free path, but what’s promised is the fruit of your labor in the end.
Feel free to leave a comment below, as I’d love to know what you believe in.