The Downside Of Go Go Go
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
We all live in a societal system that keeps us going. Most of us work long hours Monday through Friday and struggle to gain more power and money. We do that mostly because that is what we are taught and supposed to do. Society tells us that. But are we living according to our own set of needs? Are we getting out of life what we really want?
Those are the questions we all need to have in our arsenal of checks and balances. Yes, of course we need to work. We need food and shelter. But, are we doing the work we want? Are we going about it in a way that is our own personal way? Do we really want the bigger house and tittle? At what cost?
At the end of our lives, we must be able to look back and feel we’ve led lives in a way that was mostly satisfying to us. People will have come and gone. Things will have come and gone.
Finding out what we truly want – as opposed to what is expected of us – and investing in creating that life as much as possible; is the only way to experience a life well lived. It is the only way of not feeling we have cheated ourselves out of a truly extraordinary experience.
It doesn’t really matter so much how others see us. How we see ourselves matters a lot more.
So, ask yourself if you’re living for yourself or if you’re living to sustain an image? Are you going after what society has said it is important or are you content today?
Steve Jobs said he asked himself often “If I were to die today would I want to live the day I’m about to live.”
The bigger question is: If I were to die today would I be happy with the life I’m living. Answer that question honestly and if the answer is not – change your life.