I just got finished reading a blog post with the above title. The conclusion that the author came to was therefore to do only those things that make you happy. While this very narcissistic world view is pretty prominent today it all comes down to “what makes you happy?” That question alone could fill a library. Happiness is a very transcendent term. I have lived on this earth longer than many and I have come to the conclusion that when you focus your life totally on yourself you will never reach any significant level of true happiness.
Everyone, especially those of us who are beyond mid-life are very aware that death could be just around the corner. Maybe that is the only thing we “have” to do but there are a lot of things in our lives before that inevitable condition. When I originally saw the post I immediately pre-supposed that the author would continue the sentence with “Everything else is a choice”. The author of this post it turns out is a young girl currently attending college so I guess I should excuse her for taking what I consider a pretty shallow approach to this deeply philosophical statement. I’m pretty sure that as she accumulates knowledge she will see quite different answers to this question.
But I do thank her for the thought behind the statement. It gives me a chance to think about it in context of my much longer life than hers. Yes, the only thing we have to do in life is die; everything else is a series of choices we make and we make hundreds of choices every day. Those daily choices eventually accumulate into what we are. I, like many others probably did not have very well defined life goals as we go through life. We treated life as a here and now event. There is nothing terribly wrong with that but it does often lead to a haphazard existence. A life without direction or goals or a purpose.
Our spiritual core drives many of us at least on some level. When we finally “get it” about this topic it solidifies our directions in life. We then have an overall goal for living. I know it has for me…..