Back in my mis-spent youth I spent half a year drifting through university before I dropped out and went to Film School instead. From those few months there's only one thing that stuck with me: the idea that life is all in our imagination.
I took a course in Philosophy which started with the earliest of Western Philosophy thinkers, Rene Descartes. You may not know the name, but I'm sure you've all heard of his famous line cogito ergo sum: "I think, therefore I am." The grand idea behind that sentence is that, since we experience everything through our own senses which are highly subjective, we cannot know for certain whether anything beyond our own minds is real or imaginary.
Can we prove without doubt that the world we know, and the people in it,
aren't just constructs of our imagination? The quick answer is No.
For all we know, we might be nothing more than the nucleus of a single atom, believing ourselves to be flesh and blood people living on the third rock from this little sun, surrounded by people just like us.
The Matrix (1999) and eXistenZ (also 1999 - wonder if the cusp of the new millennium had people questioning their reality or something?) and more recently Inception (2010) which had me thinking about the ending for ages afterwards. Have any of you seen Inception, and if so, what did you think of that ending? Or the whole movie, for that matter?
But my point (yes, I do have one!) is this: if the entire world is nothing more than a trick of our perception, then we can change that world.
If we feel like losers who aren't succeeding while others around us are, or if we feel like we're not coping with everything that Real Life dumps on us, then we should consider this: It might not even be Real!
Just by changing how we perceive the world, we can change how that world really is. In fact, I vote that 2012 be declared Make Your Own Reality Year.
In my brave new world, I am a successful multi-published author, Super Mom, and a calm, confident and super-happy person. I have enough time to achieve everything I want to do. Anyone who says any different is clearly just a construct of my sub-conscious, and my conscious brain has the power to send that imaginary person into oblivion.
Okay, that's the end of the deep stuff. Now it's your turn to share how you're going to change your reality this year. [Or you're welcome to shoot me down with deeper philosophical arguments. I just won't promise to understand them.]