The journey without a destination, called; My Life..
We’ve all either been there, or still find ourselves in this phase of life. The phase where we wonder and ask ourselves these burning questions:
- What is my purpose in Life?
- What am I good at?
- What do I want to achieve, create or experience in 5, 10 or 20 years?
- What am I passionate about?
- Why the hell am I here?
These are very powerful questions one can ask him/herself. For by having an answer to these questions, we also have a goal or a purpose. This purpose lays a certain road one has to follow in order to reach that destination. And following this path in our lifetime, isn’t going to be easy at all.
This path or road or however you want to call it, isn’t clean, smooth, and flawless all the way. If it’s anything, it’s quite dirty, it’s bumpy, it goes uphill, it goes downhill, it goes sharp left, sharp right, and we’ll be missing many road signs.
Basically it’s pretty unpredictable, plus there is nothing we can do to change that. Every possible route to our destination, has the same unpredictable road. The car we’re driving, will nevertheless be beaten, damaged, and worn down.
So we have no control over that road and we only have control over where we’re headed; The Destination. But, there is one more thing we have control over. Because luckily, this road has gas stations, auto-repair shops, car washes and even car dealers. And it’s totally up to us, to either fill up the tank, repair the engine, wash away all the dirt, dead insects and bird shit, or even buy a whole new car.
We can make that road more bearable and comfy. We can prepare ourselves a lot better for this journey. We do that, not just by knowing where we’re headed, but also by taking care of the car we’re driving.
Let me translate the metaphor I described earlier:
- Fill up the tank with fresh, high quality fuel; Eat healthy and drink plenty of water.
- Repair and improve your engine; Read, learn and workout.
- Wash and clean your car; Love yourself inside out.
- Buy a whole new car; Become a better and stronger version of yourself.
Now, how beautiful and ideal this might seem for many people, this “Stoic-y” approach of life I described above doesn’t work for everybody. People are unique, different, we don’t react to things the same way. We don’t think about life the same way. We have different personalities and so we experience life differently. What makes one person happy, doesn’t necessarily make another person happy as well.
So what now? Should we find a purpose, a passion and work towards a specific goal with a specific approach? Or should we just go with the flow and see where life decides to wash us ashore? Or maybe take the middle way and not one of the extremes?
My dear reader, there is no final answer to that. There is only one thing every human being should do, which is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do and I’m still struggling with. And that is to ‘Know thyself’, #Socrates. Once we know ourselves, we will know what to do, we will know how to live and we will know all we ever need to know.
I’m done writing this article, I’ve got work to do..