The ostrich is the largest living bird in the world. They are not only large, but ostriches are the fastest bird on land and the fastest two-legged animal in the world. They can run at maximum speeds of about 97.5 km/h. Despite their impressive speed, they can never outrun themselves. What I mean by that is that no matter how fast you can run, you are always there with your body.
One of the fundamental truths in life is that you cannot be anywhere else but here. The mind can wander far and wide but the body is always here. It is this addiction to the mind that makes us forget that reality is here, only at this moment.
We like to indulge our minds in anything that distracts us from being here. It feels like second nature. We engross ourselves in video games, television, mobile phones, social media…we even daydream just so that we are anywhere but here. It is like comfort food, anything to get us away from the boredom of our present moments.
Little did we know that those present moments are what make up our lives and all we do is equate it to boredom. Everything else is interesting except for our own lives. We end up admiring others our whole lives and forgot about the gratitude of having our own experiences.
If we look at the reality of someone deeply engrossed in playing video games as an example. He might be a hero slaying monsters in a faraway land. It can be so realistic that the mind believes that he is actually doing heroic and extraordinary things. If he were to really see, he is just sitting on a chair and tapping away on the keyboard. In reality, it is anything but heroic.
The mind likes to believe that you are greater than you really are, greater even than reality itself. It looks to the future because there is no evidence in the future. It is a soothing assurance that anything can happen in the future and therefore we go on dreaming.
In our dreams we can go anywhere we want, in reality, we can never go anywhere but here. We are never separated from reality, from existence.
When you wake up from your dream, you will laugh. You will see that you are here all along, then you are able to get on with your life. It is the only thing there is.