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A couple of things I’ve learned and I’d like to share:
Follow Your Bliss
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. — Joseph Campbell
Most people (including the old me) get this confused and think the purpose of life is to follow their bills instead of their bliss. The funny thing is, when people follow their passions, the money thing seems to figure itself out. Good examples are people like Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and Michael Jordan. They all followed their bliss and things seemed to have worked out for them.
Do a good job. You don’t have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. — Walt Disney
However, the opposite does not work. If you live to make money (or just ends meet), your dreams will absolutely not chase after themselves, and you’ll look back on your deathbed and wonder what happened to your life.
What have you always wanted to do but never made time for? Paint? Write? Sculpt? Sing? Make a film? Build a statue of Robocop in Detroit? Well, get off your lazy ass and start living the life you’ve dreamed of. (I’m talking to both of us.)
Authenticity…is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character. — Wikipedia article on Existentialism
Unfortunately most of us have been victims of society’s materialism and the ugly time-wasting and life-destroying practice of keeping up appearances. Your life is too short to live this way. Get it touch with your true self and just be who you are. Who cares what people will think? If they don’t like the real you, then you don’t want to be around them anyways. Trust me, you’re doing yourself a favor.
Who knows best what the real you is like? You as a child. That’s right—only you can know the answer to who you are, but finding your true self is more about unlearning than it is about learning. What were you like a child? What type of things were you passionate about back then? Another unfortunate consequence of today’s society is that as adults we are implicitly taught to put on masks and suppress our real selves. This is total bullsh$% and the cause of much human suffering. Instead of wasting another precious second of your life this way, take of the mask and become who were were as a child, only better. Become a better version of yourself everyday.
Live a Life of Meaning
The unexamined life is not worth living. — Socrates
Materialism destroys happiness. Life is too short and precious a gift to throw it away in the name of pursuing status and accumulating possessions. When you are on your deathbed, I’m pretty sure you won’t say to yourself “Well, gee f$%*, I wish I could have made more money.”
In short…live a life of purpose, be yourself, and have no regrets. I look forward to having your presence on this blog, being able to have meaningful two-way communication, and learning from you and your life experiences. Welcome, amigo.