CLICHÉ: Just go with the flow. WHAT WE FORGET: To notice the flow.
Go with the flow.
If you consciously don’t want to go with the flow, then you are choosing to go against the flow.
If you’re conscious about it, then you have determined that the flow is not the way it should be.
If you are unwilling to go with the flow, and you want the flow to go in a different direction, it might be best for you to first clearly identify in which direction you want the flow to go.
And patiently start the process of change.
Alternatively, you can go with the flow.
It is always important to define a scope in which you are making observations.
At the time of this writing, on September 14, 2021, when I type ‘going with the flow’ into Google, the ‘People also ask’ feature tells me that a common question is, ‘what is the meaning of just go with the flow?’ And the answer to that is:
“If you go with the flow, you let things happen or let other people tell you what to do, rather than trying to control what happens yourself.
There’s nothing I can do about the problem, so I might as well go with the flow.” [Sourced from this page.]
Yes, but that is within a certain size and scope of observation.
What if it was a wider scope? Go to work? Should I go to work? Should I go to school? Just because other people tell me to?
Should I eat food and have sex just because my genes tell me to?
Should I do the opposite of what my genes tell me to do? That seems like a bad idea.
Should I do the opposite of what other people tell me to do? That’s also probably a bad idea.
So, the answer isn’t to ‘do the opposite’ of something. It’s just to do what’s good. Well, how do we know what’s good?
That’s what the flow is.
If you believe the flow is good, go with the flow.
If not, do the alternative. Make yourself a good flow.