Wednesday, 25 March 2015
The Pursuit of Reality
I was once told, “If you do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life”. What so wrong about working in the first place? I wish I were told, “If you work really hard and smart, you’ll never be in want a day in your life. You may be overwhelmed with work, tried and pulled in so many directions, but you’ll find fulfillment in ways you can never imagine.
Anything worth doing should be done well. In order to do anything well, there must be a significant amount of stress in your life. I recently watched a Ted Talk about the benefits of stress and the summary of the talk was, “Stress becomes courage, when you consciously acknowledge the fact that it’s a health part of the human experience”.
So stop looking for what you’re passionate about, jumping from one thing to another. Stop being confused as hell, while your mates are married with kids.
List down your priorities in life and state them proudly, because being honest with oneself is the best thing you can do for yourself. Ask yourself if you are willing to go hungry for your passion. Also ask yourself if you’re willing to sacrifice your family’s comfort and security for your passion. There is nothing wrong with being passionate about something, but passion might not be enough to put food on the table and send your kids to school.
So if you’re in your 20’s, (PS. There’s still hope for you if you’re not), stop spending all your time trying to find yourself. Find yourself, but don’t let it consume you, because you have an entire lifetime to figure yourself out. Start being productive and pick yourself up from whatever ill mode that consumes you because we are all uncertain and confused we just got better at hiding our insecurities.