Mystery, the word conjures up a sense of confusion. At least it does for me. there are many kinds of mysteries. There’s the story genre in which someone has to figure out a puzzle. There is the religious kind where you have to take it on faith that something is true. There’s something like the occult – what does happen after death? Then there is the mystery of where you left your car key or phone.
Drawn out, the word sounds like a hiss – mysssteryeee. It’s not to be confused with horror or mayhem. You don’t need either of those to have a mystery, although both could be incorporated into a mystery. A crime can be a mystery, who did it? why did they do it? a mystery could have copious amounts of blood or none at all.
Anything unknown is a mystery. That’s the definition after all. there is nothing to be afraid of with most mysteries. If the mystery is a real life serial killer, however, you should be afraid especially if you live in the same area.
Halloween brings out thoughts of mystery, spookiness, and other things we don’t know and fear. The time of the year is what brings the sense of mystery out, not necessarily Halloween, but the shorter days and longer nights. It’s dark later in the mornings now, here in the US. That adds to the sense of mystery and the unknown. What will the winter be like? In ancient times, it was more a case will we survive the coming winter. That’s the mystery there.
My favorite mystery is the universe itself. What is out there? Are we alone? is someone out there wondering if we exist? What would it be like to live on Mars? We could be on the brink of finding out. What don’t we know about the Red Planet? I’d say a lot, but then there’s a lot we don’t know about our own world, the Earth.
Mysteries can be fun. Follow the clues and find the answer. Gaze into a crystal ball. Is that the future or a reflection? How did the ancient Britons build Stonehenge? Why did they build it? What was its purpose? People rarely build things without a purpose. Even a folly has a purpose – to amuse people or make them wonder about it. What or who lives in the depths of the ocean? What is it like there?
Whatever you might think, you probably have some small mysteries in your life. You put two socks in the dryer but only one comes out. where did the other one go? did it fall into another dimension from the dryer? Why only one sock? Embrace the unknown. It’s only mysterious until you learn the answer. It is more fun, sometimes, not to know what is lurking in the depths of Loch Ness.