Here’s another. I like doing these. They help me explore the minds of the characters speaking.
Wise words from Ike
How am I so laid-back? I dunno. I just am. I mean, what is there in this life for me to be so stressed about? What in this wide world is there for me to worry over? Nothing. There isn’t anything. And there isn’t anything for you to worry about either. Let me tell you: I woke up one day, no memories, no nothing, just the clothes on my back. I didn’t know my own name, who I am, where I’m from. Nothing. I had to have people name me. They called me Ike because they didn’t even know what my name was, and what was I supposed to tell them? I didn’t know either. So my name is Ike since then. My family? Friends? Not a single face comes to mind. No one except the people I first saw when I came to. Now, you might think, ‘that’s a shitty situation!’, and… well… what good would crying over it do? So I lost my memories. Nothing I can do about it. But am I going to stay sad about it for the rest of my life? Or should I see this as a chance to turn over a new leaf? My memories are gone and I can’t get them back, might as well make new ones, right? One thing I’ve noticed about you, Sly, is that you react negatively to bad things that happen to you. I mean overly negative. You can’t just sit there miserable the whole day long! How are you ever going to solve anything when you’re too busy getting pissed off to do anything!
You need to chill. You need to take a deep breath and think about what happened to you. And not in a negative way, mind you, but in a, um, neutral way? Like, say you- aw, crap- you, uh… you were baking cookies, okay? Work with me. You’re baking cookies and you measured the ingredients precisely down to the last milligram. You make the dough, put it on the pan, pop it in the oven. Perfectly. You wait. You wait a little too long. Cookies burn. It sucks; you worked too hard. Knowing you, you’d probably thinking that your whole day is shit now. The next problem you’ll face is just another addition to your current stress. ‘Today is garbage’, you’ll say. You’ll probably quit baking cookies. Everything went to waste. But what good did getting angry do? The next thing that happens to you will piss you off even more.
Here’s what I would do. First, thing is I would measure the ingredients. I would also keep in mind that what happens after that is not what I imagine it to be. Less stress if things get out of hand. Next, make the dough, put it in the oven. Well, shit. Cookies burned. What a waste. Good reason to bake more cookies. Worrying about the future doesn’t really help. Things might not go according to plan then you end up with regret and regret is a problem in itself. Shit that happened in the past, leave them in the past. Worrying about the past never helps. Just makes you wish you could change it and guess what: you can’t! Leave your regrets. The inevitable happens. And stop having such high hopes for the future. The inevitable happens. But then what’s the point of living? Well, if I weren’t here, I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of having this little butterfly sit on my knee. And if you weren’t here, you wouldn’t have had the pleasure of listening to me. Or am I boring you to tears? No? Ok, good. You had me worried. See, it’s not about what happened or what will happen but what is happening and what you are doing. Like, you bake cookies because it is fun and the cookies in the end are a bonus. You don’t always get a reward for what you do. Well, at least not for reapers. Our job doesn’t come with a reward but we have to do it. But I made some good memories! And if I didn’t have that job I never would’ve ran from it since there’d be nothing to run from.
So, to recap all of this, the past and the future don’t matter much. It’s what you do now and how you feel about it. And that is how you become a chill dude. Like me.