Place in the World

By Mark Antony Rossi

The other day I ran into a 23-year-old who claimed she was a “life coach.”  I found it difficult to swallow that someone so young could counsel another person about the trials and tribulations of life. After all was a young woman, never married, never been in the military, had no children and never went to college. Hard to see what experience she could offer about the world after leaving home only five years ago. Nevertheless, I was skeptical.

But for her—this was her place in the world. And I imagine millions of others struggle to find their place in an increasingly complex social environment. Every choice has a consequence. Every direction fraught with chance and mystery. Freedom and economic diversification have erased the regimented paths of our parents and instead installed jobs that may vanish as quickly as they were created. All for the good and bad of society.

The average resume lists five positions in ten years. This is no longer considered a negative but rather a norm in a new reality of mobile phones, mini tablets and multi-tasked occupations. What is your place in a world that changes its face day by day. It may be necessary more than ever before to have a stable mindset and personal life. The rapid pace of development on all fronts of life can easily overwhelm the lonely and disconnected. Imagine a warless world of freedom and fruition only to be scarred by depression and suicide. Your place in the world is vital to psychological well-being.

Perhaps a life coach is a handy tool to use in a digital age where your smart phone apps are likely to be updated sooner than your clothes or close relations. But I suspect the ultimate decision about your place in the world still lies with you. Your parents, your pastor and your life coach may provide some perspective to help you digest the divergent dimensions now swirling this complicated soup of life. Yet you are still the master of your destiny. At least until you move back in with your parents.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. 

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