The more I pay attention to the world around me, and more importantly to its inhabitants, although I mostly refer to my immediate small world only, the more I am convinced that we are all hustling, and we are always hustling, even when we think we are simply doing what we believe we are meant to do and being our real selves.

I don’t know if it’s the same for everybody. I acknowledge that people are unique individuals and your world is different from my world. Still, I cannot help but wonder if my observation is true for all, except with varying degrees and dissimilar details. I am curious to know…

In “Hustlers”, with Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, my most watched movie in the cinema in 2019, for which I sat in a movie theater [to watch] three times, although not my most ridiculous as I watched “Crazy Rich Asians” in 2018 six times (in the cinema, yes!), J.Lo’s character, Ramona, to end the movie, said:

“This city, this whole country, is a strip club. You’ve got people tossing the money, and people doing the dance.”

It IS the whole world! This whole world of ours is a strip club. The tragedy is that there is only a handful of people tossing the money and the majority of us are doing the dance.

I’m doing the dance. I wish I wasn’t. What about you? Think about it. Think hard! Complete with furrowed forehead and narrowed eyes. Toss that thought around. Mull it over. Ponder. Be honest with yourself as you contemplate. Even in our most authentic moments, we see traces of the dance, the hustle. Then again… Hmm, are we dancing because of that authenticity?

Why the hustle? Can we escape it? Have some of us managed to leave the strip club?

Here’s another quote from the movie, also by J.Lo’s character, Ramona:

“The game is rigged, and it does not reward people who play by the rules.”

I seem to believe this thought to be true. (I use the word “seem” because I am afraid that if I simply say “I believe” the universe will take it as what I am putting out there.) I fear it’s true that the game is rigged and playing by the rules isn’t rewarded with success and happiness, notwithstanding how much I’d like to believe it works to think that everything in the world is rigged on my favor (or somethinglike that), as Arianna Huffington advises. But, this is a whole different matter for another day.

Sundays… ah, Sundays! I tend to muse the most on Sundays…