A Tale of One Bet

Posted: January 26, 2012 in a lonely journey

This is probably going to be the most cryptic of my posts so far, and coming from someone who calls himself Unmaskd, that’s saying a lot. But I want to capture and share the feelings of this moment, and for better or for worse, this blog has become my best outlet for this part of my consciousness.

Exactly 365 days from now a bet will come to fruition. It’s a strange bet, made over twenty years ago between two best friends. One friend has likely forgotten it by now. The second friend has never let it go, for it has been very dear to his heart. Despite that, throughout the years he has barely acted on winning it. Instead, he’s been alternating between powerful efforts with impressive results, half-ass attempts and long stretches of well-camouflaged procrastination.

Getting closer and closer to the date that he’d set himself back in his childhood, he realized that unless he does something drastic about it, he going to fall flat on his not so childish face. And so, in the last attempt to win that bet, he made another one — this time with himself. That other bet was simple, pretty much black and white, with no room left for self-deception.

And then strange things started happening. Things that typically happen in lousy written Hallmark channel made-for-TV movies. All of a sudden, his past started coming alive, mixing with his present and shaping his future. People he had not seen in years started popping up unexpectedly in his life, reminding him about his old successes and stirring memories of his decades old aspirations. His friends started reminding him about his ambitions — without having a slightest idea what he had been driving himself through. And goals he almost had given up on started to look real.

And on top everything else, the idea of his own mortality — something he had been always well aware of — suddenly sunk in, bringing in sadness, but also filling every moment of his life with meaning and clarity. Life remained the same on the surface, and yet had changed completely.

And all the masks he had been wearing started merging into one…

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Comments
  1. Em says:

    So, it’s working… That is soooo inspiring! Love the idea of setting that bet with yourself. Your posts always ignite intense internal dialogue within me. Mostly always beginning with “What the f are you doing with yourself, Em? Wake up and get your ass into gear!”. Thank you for sharing. Keep going, win that bet!

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  2. 1step says:

    Specifics aren’t important here. You’ve just unleashed a very powerful force. You dared to say out loud what you desired and the universe listened. Jump in and flow with the current. Be open to it. My reply might sound as weird as your topic, but I’ve seen it happen time and again. Just don’t let logic or disbelief get in your way.

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    • Anonymous says:

      “You’ve just unleashed a very powerful force. Jump in and flow with the current. Don’t let logic or disbelief get in your way.”

      Dear 1step:

      Your reply to Unmaskd was divinely inspired! I salute you for having such strong connection with our Creator!! It has taken me 30 yrs to have such connection to hear God as clearly as you just did.

      May He richly bless you and thank you for being an open vessel and delivering this message.

      Sincerely,
      Renee

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  3. Anonymous says:

    “You’ve just unleashed a very powerful force. Jump in and flow with the current. Don’t let logic or disbelief get in your way.”

    Dear 1step:

    Your reply to Unmaskd was divinely inspired! I salute you for having such strong connection with our Creator!! It has taken me 30 yrs to have such connection to hear God as clearly as you just did.

    May He richly bless you and thank you for being an open vessel and delivering this message.

    Sincerely,
    RM

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  4. Ashley says:

    This makes me smile big. 🙂 It’s such a great feeling to be able to share in happiness. Thank you for showing you, and for allowing/encouraging each of us to do the same. It’s been an amazing ride thus far, and I just know things can only get more beautiful.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Stunning, absolutely beautiful!!!!

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  6. Masky comes alive inside! 🙂

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  7. >> And all the masks he had been wearing started merging into one…

    This is the best part that I really love from the whole writings I’ve ever read here. Happy 4 u! 🙂

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