Do what makes you happy. Seriously.
Ok so it’s kind of a rant style life lesson here, I’m no expert but bare with me. Taking an individualistic and humanistic take on things here goes for today’s article:
It’s a cliché as f**k expression but it couldn’t be more true. I feel like it’s the ultimate piece of advice that not only is dished out by everyone but not carried out themselves, yet at the same time it’s also a lot easier said than done.
As I’m getting older I’m starting to see that time, life altogether is short. I want to make everyday the best it can be. Does that actually happen though?
This is mainly attributed to succumbing to short term gratitude over long term gain. But with the limited amount of time our existence has on this planet: is happiness not the end goal?
Some would argue that your wealth is a big indicator of happiness. Something which I really don’t have a lot of at the minute being the broke student I am. But I’m proud that I’m still trying to do things on my terms. For me for example, I want to be able to take Freestyle Football as far as I can go. I want to be as good at it as I can possibly be, but I’d also like to make some money from it, cos at the end of the day it’s what makes me happy.
I look at both my parents who I constantly see and hear are disgruntled with their work and lifestyles. I don’t want to be like them at all. Yes the odds will always be stacked against you for doing what you want to do, it’s never easy. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go.
Look at doctors for example, immensely competitive a profession to get into, just like actors and footballers too. All of these are examples of people who wanted to do that badly. Because it makes them happy.
Or is it? I’m sorry but if a doctor’s main reason for the job is money then I can guarantee he isn’t as happy as he could be. If they have a real, fundamental, deep passion for wanting to look out for other people’s health, then they hit the jackpot.
That love may not always last but at least they were willing to give it everything and try get to that end goal. Why? Because they want to do what makes them happy.
I’m not talking about doing drugs or breaking any laws here. I’m merely suggesting that everyone should do something that makes them happy. As a job, as a hobby, whatever. Use your time wisely.
The cycle that is always talked about now with society is a grim image. Waking up, driving to an office job that you aren’t passionate about, working 9–5 only to come home to the family you are providing for and then you have to do it all over again tomorrow. If that’s life then 90% of people are not living.
This is precisely the thing I want to avoid. This is the thing that everyone should in theory want to avoid. I’m not saying don’t work 9–5, I’m not saying don’t have a family, try these things and if they don’t work out then hey, at least you weren’t afraid to give it a go. But don’t accept it as your future forever.
At the same time I never want to get comfortable either. I don’t like the thought of no drive or purpose for getting out of bed in the morning. It may take time for people to find their ‘calling’ as they so want to put it but I’m sure it will be worth it.
And there’s more to life than money too. People will argue that money enables you to do things. I argue money also makes you lose sight of what’s important. I don’t also want to have all that money if it means working stupid hours in an office going over tax return papers or something dull like that.
Heck, even if it’s prostitution or whatever, you are getting paid to do the thing that makes you happy. Win win. Society won’t like it. But your amygdala bloody well will.
Learning from mistakes along the way is of course the ultimate thing that makes life, life.
“If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you”
So just go give it a go whatever it is. If you are happy with your life right now but there’s a small aspect that you want to break out of your comfort zone then do it. You’ll be glad you did.
Stay true to yourself and for goodness sake, just do what makes you happy.
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