“I’m falling, so I’m taking my time on my ride!” said Tyler Joseph in the song ‘Ride’ by twenty one pilots. On the day you were born, you were signed up for this ride, without your consent. It’s a one way ride, and it’s not perpetual; you’re constantly falling down until you meet the end, or the end meets you. It’s not simply a fall from the top of a cliff, it’s a fall off of everything, which comes across everything, and finally, slams into nothing. It might not really be nothing, but the fall definitely ceases. You’re constantly falling down, and so is everyone else, so, why not enjoy it? Why be afraid of the rock-bottom when you have all this gushing air to breathe on your way down?
People, often, fail to realise that they’re falling until they start to see the rock-bottom getting closer. As they fail to realise this fall, they fail to embrace the beauty of this fall. What is the beauty of this fall, you ask? It is the most subjective of all things, and ironically, all things are constantly falling as well. The fall is beautiful when you are able to engrave something that continues to fall after your fall has ended. Post this, someone else is able to catch that falling object in mid-air, and morphs it into something else that continues to fall after their fall is complete. Hence, the cycle of falls continues, and, in some way or the other, certain things are kept in a perpetual fall. The previously stated is not at all a law or a postulate, it is a serene and undulating possibility. A fall can be made wonderful in a plethora of ways, just look at the astonishing dance of a falling tree leaf, for example.
After reading about why is it important to be aware of this fall, it is essential to think about how this can be achieved. Several scientists, including Albert Einstein, have made conclusions saying that an object, or a person, in motion cannot know that it is in motion unless they have a point of reference to consult. The fall, which is a form of motion, is no exception to this proposition. One always needs a point to refer to in order to realise that they are falling. What makes the grand difference in this system is the location of the point of reference. The point of reference in this fall must be located above you. After the fall has started, one must discover the point of reference as something that they have come across previously, and thus lies above them. If the reference point is set as something below them, there is a deafening sense of uncertainty and panic. If the point of reference is set as the rock-bottom, the realisation is often too late, or the fall is filled with an aura of gloom, guilt or distress.
The sense of moving ahead of something gives a sentience of development and maturity, whereas the sense of something moving towards you gives blows of fear and panic. Not having a point of reference at all separates the faller from the fall, and the fall results in oblivion. It is extremely ironic, and almost paradoxical, to observe that this fall can have ups and downs. While we cannot control the flow of the fall, there is so much to do during the fall itself. As stated earlier, you are not the only one falling, billions have fallen before you, and billions will fall after you, hence there are hundreds of ways in which your fall can affect the falls of countless others.
Tyler Joseph’s lyric is something that can be adopted in life- take time on your ride. Be aware that you are falling, be aware of all the components of this grand fall, and make it worth it, you were chosen to fall in this way.
-By Udaybhanu Singh, Shiv Nadar School, Noida1 Like