Today commemorates the 10th birthday of Randomness! My baby is growing up so quickly! Who would have thought she would transform from an exclusive virtual magazine in a physical basement into a tidy blog spot on the wonderful world wide web for anyone to discover? A whole new world has opened up for her…what a radical revolution! Time is a comical concept. Of course, we must factor in that indefinite sabbatical between Randomness!’s past and present, where virtually nothing was happening grammatically. And we’re actually okay with that reality. Life can be complex and confusing. Sometimes it’s critical to check into a hibernation station on one’s favorite imaginary tropical island to ponder life before one can truly flourish and thrive. The therapeutic results can be astronomical. In the words of one of my favorite Switchfoot songs, “I wanna thrive, not just survive.” While Randomness! may have been in survival mode for quite awhile, the fog eventually lifted, and as you can attest, we at the Randomness! headquarters still place a high value on the whimsical, the satirical, the hyperbolic, and the passion of putting words together within the realm of the metaphysical. Words have been and always will be the prime focus of Randomness!
Speaking of words, I would like to take a fraction of time to muse on the wonder of them. I find words to be quite magical. With words as the key, one can unlock a door and step into a mystical realm, exploring the allegorical lessons there are to be learned from mythical stories, however irrational the stories themselves might be. With new definitions, one can create a whole new world that is paradoxical and therefore illogical, but no one else can be the judge of it. For you see, people are free to do with words as they wish. Words can add life and multiply joy that was previously unimagined. Words can also divide people and subtract from real progress in this world. We need not have a philosophical debate about the psychological impact words have on people; we know that words have real power, be it positive or negative. There is no numerical digit that is the total end sum of all there is to dream, create, and experience when one has an infinite supply of words within their grasp of understanding. Also, it would definitely be ridiculous to be analytical about such a number, as it is highly probable that one has more important things to do rather than calculate nonsensical arithmetical problems. The point is, there really are no rules with language; we’re allowed to cross the line and be asymmetrical and unpredictable if we so desire. And if we believe it is to the benefit of other people.
Life is infinitesimally better with a nontypical vocabulary at the top of one’s mind. A bare minimum word description is what I equate with boredom, and I chalk it up to a lackadaisical existence. Why say “great” when you can say “fantastical!” Why say “pretty good” when you can say “asymptotically close to perfect!” Life is too short to be that practical with only a base set of words. I find this method of conversation to be an archaic way of expressing one’s feelings. In my opinion, no two coherent thoughts should be identical! Congruence leads to a slippery slope of apathy. Vocabulary expansion plus a passion for storytelling equals a formula for turning every day normal life into deeper connections. With just the right elements, one can create a musical masterpiece of words. It may be classical or it may be modernal. It may even defy the rules of grammar! Regardless, when one has a limitless vocabulary, one moves from the stereotypical slum to the theatrical realm, equivalent to that of any fantasy movie sequence.
With all these highly descriptive words in this blog post, you might be skeptical about my sanity. But could I really put these thoughts together in such a witty methodical fashion, if I was clinically insane? (Please don’t answer that rhetorical question.) Side note: I hope you caught all the mathematical references; ironic since this blog was actually all about words. I love paradoxes. (It’s also ironic because we at Randomness! aren’t the best when it comes to solving mathematical equations). I will finish out this blog with lyrics from the song “A Whole New World” from the movie Aladdin, because I find it to be a natural parallel to the idea of words taking us on a journey to new places.
“I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid. Tell me, princess, now when did you last let your heart decide? I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder. Over, sideways and under on a magic carpet ride. A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view. No one to tell us, “no”, or where to go, or say we’re only dreaming. A whole new world, a dazzling place I never knew. But when I’m way up here, it’s crystal clear that now I’m in a whole new world with you. Unbelievable sights, indescribable feeling. Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling through an endless diamond sky. A whole new world (Don’t you dare close your eyes). A hundred thousand things to see (Hold your breath; it gets better). I’m like a shooting star, I’ve come so far, I can’t go back to where I used to be. A whole new world (Every turn, a surprise). With new horizons to pursue (Every moment, red-letter). I’ll chase them anywhere, there’s time to spare. Let me share this whole new world with you. A whole new world, that’s where we’ll be. A thrilling chase (A wondrous place). For you and me.”
Thanks for spending a few moments inside this mind that is ever pondering life and the universe. Happy birthday, Randomness! What a way to celebrate another year of writing by creating a blog from scratch! Now, maybe I should go bake a birthday cake…
Originally written March 27, 2018