From our yester-years when our ancestors enjoyed trivial moments and menial pleasures, we have progressed such a long way to the present, where youngsters only have philosophical questions or spiritual qualms about life.
20 year olds, who are ideally supposed to do the “normal” thing and focus on careers, now sit back on a cloudy night and question the existence of everything that persists. We seem to be questioning life and its ways even before having lived it!
How have we come so far? What has changed? Have we humans evolved or have we just become more curious? What has caused a major proportion of us to stop, look around us and analyze? Why is there always a constant dearth of satisfaction, of contentment? Why do we choose to overlook the things that “are” and scavenge to discover what “could be”?
We may have a wide array of qualms, doubts and queries about life, but the one thing that we all have in common is that we are roaming around aimlessly in search of a definitive answer. The 21st century life of a 20 year old has gotten so stressful, hectic, pressurized or frustrating that most of us are relentlessly just looking for an escape. We are all running forwards, because we have been taught that it is the ‘RIGHT’ thing to do, but only a bare minimum of us know where to and what for we’re running. And most importantly, more often than not, we’re not even running the race we wanted to participate in. All this havoc and mayhem has caused us to just come to an abrupt halt and take a moment to ourselves to ask, what is it that we exactly want?
It’s one thing to never give up and keep going, and a totally different thing to keep going without knowing where or why. From having blinders on to focus, most of us have put on blindfolds. We’ve been instructed from a very early age, that there is a protocol to live life – study, get good grades, get into college, work, settle and repeat. But that’s the tricky thing to life. There never is just ONE WAY.
Sure we all want to be successful and we all want to be rich, but success is just a matter of perspective. If the society thinks that being a gold medalist or owning a company is the definition of being successful, it needn’t apply to those who think being healthy and doing what you love is success.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, we’ve got this one life, and we’ve got a chance to live it once. Let us just come to terms with the fact that life is unpredictable and there isn’t just one single meaning or purpose to it. There’s no one RIGHT path to choose. Life is multifaceted and multidimensional and ironically, the fun is in taking it as it comes. The secret is in enjoying and making the most of the NOW.
When was the last time you met someone new who didn’t ask you what you are doing or where you are working, but instead just asked if you are happy?
Let’s start now.