“You can’t bind something with wings to the earth. It’s nothing but futile resistance.” – Nishizono (Little Busters)
In my opinion the meaning of life is simple: To develop wings and learn to fly.
By which I mean: Find your passion and make something of it.
A life without passion is a life un-lived in my eyes. So many have been convinced that we need to get a steady job and earn enough money to afford a house, partner and kids. Which is all fine if that’s what you want, but it’s not the only outcome, and getting a well-paid, stable, monotonous job is most certainly not the only way. If anything it should be your last, last resort.
There is a definite difference between a ‘job’ and a ‘career’, and for me that difference is passion. A job is something you do to earn money, a career is something you do because you love it. When you’re in school adults tell you to graduate and get a job. When what they should be telling you is to find your passion and turn it into your career. We all have at least one passion in life, whether it’s obvious to us or takes some introspection. Our only challenge then is to work out how to turn it into a career.
Now more than ever we’re beginning to realise there isn’t a definitive list of jobs to choose from, we can create our own ‘job roles’ and tailor them to suit us. Never compromise when it comes to your future career. Never let anyone tell you “that’s not a proper job”. Only you can decide that for yourself, if it brings you joy and fulfilment then what’s the harm?
“Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path…and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Once you’ve grown your wings it’s time to learn to fly. Work out what you want to do with that passion of yours and how you want to change the world with it. This may seem like an impossible task, but that’s only because so many have this fallacy drilled into them by the same people telling them they can’t do it.
If you’re creating a new career that doesn’t already exist, then how can someone tell you it wont work? How can they deem it a waste of time when no one has previously attempted it? And if there are already others out there doing your chosen career then it clearly isn’t a waste of time.
“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.” – Amelia Earhart
The key to life is to have fun, people take life far too seriously. Yes serious things happen, but were it not for them we’d have no juxtaposition to judge joy by. If your life leaves you feeling unfulfilled then there’s still work to be done. Don’t try to build your life around a job, build a job around your life.