What Life Should Be About…

I’m not going to tackle anything too tough in this post. It is just about what life “should” really be about. ๐ŸŒˆ This kinda goes along with the recent post on a change in priorities for the coming American generations.

Some of us have a more noble causes than others for their personal lives.

The poem entitled “Desiderata” (Latin: “things desired”) which was written in the early 1920s by the American writer Max Ehrmann sums it up the best for me.

Also, as one of my friends at the Medium put it:

Perhaps Forrest Gump was the epitome of knowing what is life was all about. No pretension. No posturing. No ego. He loved to mow his own grass. Even when he became successful, he still mowed his own lawn. How many of us do the things we do for the approval or attention of others? Are we living in the gym to build an amazing body for ourselves or for the admiration of others? Do we get someone else to mow the lawn because itโ€™s beneath us?

source: https://medium.com/personal-growth/i-think-this-is-what-life-should-be-about-e9a064b4963a

Looking back, I think we should all approach our lives as a landscape painter approaches his next painting. He starts by asking what the painting will be about. Whatโ€™s the main idea? Similarly, we need to ask ourselves what our life is about? What is the main idea? One of the secrets I have found is that our purpose changes for different parts of our lives.

My life is currently about creativity. Namely, writing and creating artwork. I retired early from a corporate IT environment, I was just beginning to obtain the knowledge to be great, but I sacrificed that in order to pursue a more simplified life and to give myself more time for my writing and creative activities. My only regret is that I didn’t have the guts to have done it even sooner.

I don’t pretend to have thousands of blog followers, but I do have hundreds and I appreciate that they think my work is worth a few minutes of their time almost every day. That is what my life is now, what it was before doesn’t really matter that much. I try to live in the present now, the past is the past, and we shouldn’t fret over it too much.

4 comments

  1. Thank you for a very thoughtful post, especially at this time, but really for any time. I agree wholeheartedly with your views and it is reassuring to me to know I am not alone in my thoughts. Take care.

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    • Thanks for the thoughts Rosie. Yeah, it’s nice to know that we are not alone in our thoughts, isn’t it? I love the words of Max Ehrmann and now have them on my wall. He covered so much in such a limited number of words.

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  2. Very well said! May we strive in our lives to take a few minutes for ourselves so that we can look after the important things in our lives.

    I have read your blogs for a couple of years, first time commenting. Keep up the good work and stay strong.

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    • Thanks, Steve, for the kind words. I’m glad to know you even after 2 years of you knowing me. ๐Ÿ˜‰. It is always nice to have a name attached to my readers. Don’t wait another two years to let me know how I am doing my friend.

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