Everything is Nothing

Erica Rhodes
3 min readJun 30, 2021

The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are. — Rumi

Photo by Samuel Foster on Unsplash

Why is it that I can tell by the first three notes if I’m going to love a song, from the first sentence if I am going to like a book, and from the first kiss if a guy is going to ruin my life?

Maybe everything we need to know is already inside of us? All of the wisdom just waiting for us to discover it.

Yet we go searching for answers constantly from the outside world: from Google to WebMD, TikTok to Instagram.

Somebody knows more than I do. Somebody knows better.

Somebody else knows how to make me thin, make me happy, help me find love.

I’m guilty of it too, of course.

I went searching for the answer of what to write about.

Tell me what to do. What to think. What to write. Please anyone else decide, but me.

Then I can judge everyone for all writing the same thing.

Write about writer’s block. (Yeah, been there done that: I have 200 journals).

But that’s on me.

Maybe we already know what will make us happy, what will quench our inner thirst.

So why don’t we listen?

We are given answers constantly:

What food doesn’t make us feel good, what people don’t make us feel seen, what jobs don’t make us feel fulfilled.

Yet we do all of these things anyway: Eat the wrong food, love the wrong people, read the same self-help books.

Maybe if we stop searching for outside answers, we will start to hear them loud and clear inside.

Why doesn’t he like me? Who cares? Move on.

Why am I getting fat? Because you haven’t moved in a week.

Why am I sad? Because life is hard. Keep going.

Why am I not where I want to be? Because you’re looking out there and not in here, where everything you need to write is being written as you write it.

And everything you need to feel is just waiting for you to feel it.