“Just go with the flow, man.” It’s the battle cry of hipsters, the mantra of the ‘spiritual’ and the ‘enlightened’. Going with the flow is the cool way to live. Maybe, if you believe the hype, it’s actually the only way to approach life.
Why get worked up? Why stress? Why strive? Why struggle? Just go where life takes you. Chill out. Relax. What will be will be.
Of course what will be will be. If you let it. If you let it, what will be can’t be anything other than what it will be.
But why would you let it?
Why would you allow the course of your life – the path of your adventure – to be guided by chance, taking you to some unknown destination that is not of your choosing?
But, more importantly, why would you choose to deny the world the gifts and talents deep inside you, that are only ever brought to the surface by your stresses, your strivings and your struggles? Because that’s what you do when you ‘go with the flow’ – you deny the world around you the opportunity to receive all that you have to offer.
Sure, there may be times when tracking with the currents of life, rather than swimming against them, is the smart choice. But those times are simply interludes – spaces in which you can hide while you catch your breath for what comes next.