No Sense Friday: Resisting The Call

In the movie The Matrix, people are trapped in a computer simulation. The only way to escape and make it into the real world is through phone booths.

When someone on the outside calls, they ring. Then, you only have a short time to answer the call. If you don’t, you’re stuck. And you don’t know if they’ll call back.

Not quite by accident, the movie also starts with a call. The hero, Neo, receives a phone in the mail, which an unknown friend uses to help him escape from work. Later, that friend presents him with a choice: stay inside the simulation or find out the truth.

At first, Neo is hesitant. He rejects the call several times. But eventually, he realizes accepting it is the only way forward. It’s what he must do. What he was born for.

Now, the creators of the movie are geniuses, no doubt. But they didn’t come up with this from scratch. “The call” is a classic device in storytelling. It’s part of what Joseph Campbell dubbed “The Hero’s Journey.

All heroes receive a prompt to venture into the unknown. And almost all heroes initially reject that call. They are skeptic. They doubt themselves. They don’t want to leave their familiar environment.

But, eventually, like Neo, they realize: They have to take the call. It’s the only way.

I don’t know what’s calling out to you right now. Maybe, it’s a new project, changing jobs, or starting a family. Maybe it’s returning to a passion you’ve buried deep inside or finally taking responsibility. But whatever it is, rejecting it makes no sense.

You know it. I know it. The universe knows it. Yet here we are, doing our little dance.

That’s okay. It’s all part of the deal. But, sooner or later, you’re gonna have to pick up that phone. After all, you never know if they’ll call back.

-Nik


About No Sense Friday: Most people live for Friday. Relaxing on the weekend is fine, but we can’t just waste it away every time. That’s why Friday is the most important day to call out things that make no sense. Because in a way, the concept of ‘Friday’ itself makes no sense.

A good life is lived every day, not just once a week.


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