I should probably confess that I’m currently taking webcam photos of myself drinking my mocha in this adorable little coffee shop instead of devoting myself to studying for the GRE…in my designated “GRE Study time” nonetheless. If I don’t get into grad school and no one wants me and I have a horrible lonely life at least I know I can pinpoint it back to this moment in history right? The “Kairos“, if we want to get a little greek around here, which…I mean might as well right. Kairos is the exact or opportune moment in time. The word kairos usually refers to a turning point in history such as the birth of Jesus (for Christians) or Muhammad’s first vision (for Muslims) or in the terms of the ancient Greek philosophers when Prometheus tricked the Gods and then as a result had his liver eaten out of his body everyday for eternity…or something like that…it’s been a long time since I studied ancient Greek mythology so cut me a little slack. The ancient Greeks really do have a plethora of cool words that are way more interesting and easy to learn than any of the GRE vocabulary…”hamartia” for example, I remember that one from AP Literature. Hamartia is a character’s “fatal flaw” such as too much pride, or in poor old Oedipus’ case…the state of being sadly and tragically unaware of your own identity…and consequently hooking up with your own mother, whoops.
All of this back story on Greek mythology and the cool words I’m quite fond of is building up to something (I promise). I think the Greeks made some pretty good points (I mean just google “ancient greek innovations” they give those Romans a run for their money). I’ve been putting on my best Greek philosopher thinking cap and pondering the meaning of life, as we all do, and I’ve come to the conclusion that hamartia and kairos are really really relevant and “real” ideas. I think we all have a “fatal flaw” or five, and I know we all have those moments in life that become defining, that we look back and wonder “what if I had chosen x instead of y, how would life be different?” or “I’m SO glad I didn’t choose x, y was really the way to go”. You know what I’m talking about so stop making me use variables, it’s stressing me out and making life confusing and also sort of making me want to write on a chalkboard all at the same time.
There are also the moments in life that maybe seem like kairos (kairo?) right now but maybe in a year (or three years, or twenty years) they won’t. Looking back I remember thinking soo many ridiculous things in life were dreadfully important. Like that time I was grounded the day before a double date (in ninth grade) and I threw a full fledged four year old temper tantrum, I was bawling hysterically on the floor and my Dad literally had to hold me down to talk some sense into my lovestruck 14 year old head. At the time, I thought if I wasn’t able to go on that date…to the movies, my entire relationship would fall apart and I would never find love again…now I can see I was just being a psychotic drama queen and in reality my Mom was probably trying to save me from the horror that was my disgusting first real kiss (which followed just days after that date). And yes, somehow my parents let me go despite my embarrassing melodramatic meltdown.
And then there are the moments I carelessly threw myself into and without the slightest inclination they would ever become so defining, so memorable and so important. Crazy how it all works out right? I don’t even have time to get into my tragic fatal flaw (possibly my MAJOR commitment issues to anything and everything in life besides the obvious which is relationships), that’s a whole separate rant for another blog post (maybe I’ll call it “Greek Philosophy Part 2” so you have fair warning to skip over my blog that day). My empty coffee cup is symbolic that like all things in life, this blog post must come to an end. My deep thoughts are up there with Aristotle, Plato and Socrates I’m pretty sure.
Do you have a “fatal flaw”? You certainly must have moments you consider “kairos”?
Have a wonderful weekend my beautiful little Greek Goddesses! I’ll be in California whooping it up at a real live castle with my family, Jefferson and two of my very best friends, feel free to follow me on instagram, there’s bound to be at least a hundred new photos by Monday #valenciaordie .