Life, to me, is an attempt at ALL experiences with a little freedom here and a little hitch there, a mix of mysteries and facts, thoughts and processes, choices and mistakes, standards and responsibilities, deadlines and conditions all of which must be lived in all liberty of expression. But most times, the liberty to experience the totality of existence is cut short because of the anxiety subconsciously laid down behind the scene, leading to the outright quest to get things done before “it becomes too late”
—Get married before 30, give birth to kids before you strike menopause, become successful before you’re 40, apply certain moral standards so as to win the cheers of the public… Do this, so this doesn’t happen, become this to avoid that, “if(s)”, and “So(s)” ringing alarms left, right and centre… Regulation as it relates to boundaries are awesome. Infact, that is the only thing that keeps the world sane. Laws and certain restrictions are put in place to create order and enforce discipline. Principles set in organisations to help, as a standard in carrying out a task are in place as well. But, that is looking at it from the ‘guideline’ point of view. However, considering the concept of ‘deadlines’ from a metaphysical angle, they are totally unnecessary and much better when never imagined!
“Let there be deadlines but let me live, oblivious of them” –Nympha Nzeribe
Deadlines are conditions that place a limit to maximizing an experience. Imagine if we consciously placed a restriction on the level of success we can attain. Imagine if we lived in knowledge of the date of our death. The “almighty” knew this feeling and kept it a mystery. If we knew, that means we already marked the line ourselves and must therefore live according to the expectations of the “last” day. This type of consciousness “destroys” the push to strive and the will to thrive. No wonder a person once said that some things are better left unknown.
Deadlines are a link to anxiousness. Even though you know you have to get your act together, you live the moment in the absence of total freedom. Limiting thoughts set in when you realise that there is a day to account for your “assignments”. The knowledge of a timeline leads to an overuse of resources and effective planning ruled out just because you have a limit in mind. Creativity does not thrive in the presence of a deadline because there’d be a continuous tendency to rush and not consider the pros and cons of a particular venture. Also, not everyone can manage to be productive under intense pressure and expectations from outside.
However, there wouldn’t be any definite achievement if things were done without principles attached to them. A guiding boundary; a date of delivery; a point of climax; A retrospective timeline… In situations of accountability, deadlines are necessary but putting the consciousness of a due date on the fore of your life’s business, do not guarantee safe delivery and optimum productivity. Most times as a result of a deadline in view, the fear of failure assumes control in the overall preparation for the “ultimate performance”.
The above not withstanding, Deadlines are meant for the background; inherent but not pronounced. Of course, it is natural to expect the end of a thing and there is surely an extreme point which is ideal for a pause or even, a closure. But it is also important that we consider genuine priorities as it relates to reality. That is, creating roadmaps to aid our focus on just living; approaching the concept of being productive with strategy and most importantly, ditching the end dates that only create anxiety in our subconscious. It is therefore needful to explore the elements of surprise and spontaneity every now and then, without a limiting point in ‘obvious’ view.