Understanding Life • Everything We Ever Knew, Never Was


“Society has taught us only to love what we know.”

Jack-in-the-Boxes taught us to expect the unexpected.

Show-and-Tell taught us the power of having more. Having better. Having the best. Finger Painting taught us the mess we’re capable of – and the colours we create – without any intention. Skipping Rocks taught us the fight of sink vs. swim, and a simple game of Tag taught the power of a touch.

Then one day, as simple as that –
everything we ever knew, never was.

There’s so much more to life than can be put into a textbook definition.

There’s something about it that just can’t be put into words. That scares us because we think it means we don’t understand it. We don’t have control. Society has taught us only to love what we know. What we can see, and hear, and touch.

Deep down, we know there’s more and that’s why we’re looking for something we don’t even know exists and we’re driving ourselves crazy doing it.

We’ve fought so many battles and learned so many truths. We’ve looked back on our mistakes and seen where we went wrong, but at the end of the day –  we still don’t get it. We don’t understand. And maybe life would be weird if we ever truly did.

This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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  • The important thing is we keep learning every day. 🙂

    • A great perspective, Deanie 🙂 If only it didn’t feel like we continue to forget [or ignore] what we’ve already learned!

  • I can say that the most surprising things that seemed so completely one way change as I look at it longer. So much of our perspective changes overtime and all I’ve learned in 22 years is that I know nothing, and that is okay because in my journey to discover truth, I find paths traveled by few and make different choices that may seem illogical, but in a different light or different circumstance, makes all the difference. I loved this post! Thanks for sharing.

    • They say “the more you know, the less you know” and it’s crazy how true it is. It all feels so illogical at times. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Rhett. It’s great to hear you agree! The journey definitely isn’t easy, but I think I’m finally accepting the process, as well 🙂 We’ll get there eventually!

  • Everything we ever knew, never was. Sounds a bit like some of the things I’ve been going through…

    • I always seem to get it on point, eh! I’m sorry to hear that though, Dennis; although we always seem to find clarity again.

      • Very true… it feels like a lot of what I supposedly learned about life didn’t allow any room for how things work at this particular stage in life, and I’ve been trying to figure it out for at least a decade. I’ve seen a lot of people whose twenties didn’t take the traditional path deal with it by selling out and compromising their values long before reaching their late 30s, and I’m not going to do that.. It’s a difficult tension… what do I need to change, and what should I never change?

  • This is so brilliant

  • Thank you so much. That means a lot 🙂

  • lovely article and actually i am happy to not know / understand everything 🙂

    • I’m starting to accept the uncertainty – and things I don’t yet know, as well. You have a great perspective. Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂