- … speeding down a steep hill in a car with no brakes.
- … seeing the wall of snow approach.
- … knowing you can’t stop the car before you crash into the back of that car.
I suppose the “désespérément” might be a little exessive, but I don’t know a less expressive french word to get the point across. Sometimes, the odds just seem insurmountable, and there is no reset button, or switch, or even pause, to just gather your breath.
George Orwell once said,
“For the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavoring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him”
I am really trying not to let things “happen” to me, they just seem to, well … sorta … happen. For the 2 people reading this … send some inspiration … please.