What if Money Were No Object?
What do you want to do when you grow up?It's one of the fundamental questions of our youth. For many of us, it's also a fundamental question of adulthood too.What do I want to do?Who do I want to be?What would my ideal life look like?For many of us, these are difficult questions to answer. To know the answers would be to acknowledge that our current life isn't serving us. To know the answers might also provide us with some clues about what would better serve us. Once we have some idea of what would better serve us, our brain starts filling in the gaps, working out how we can get there.That's when the responsibility falls on us to actually do something about it. And we resist, because it jars with what we think we 'should' be doing with our lives, it jars with what culture tells us is important (money, status) and it jars with what we've been taught as children.This except from a lecture by Alan Watts is a helpful kick up the backside. He hones in on the most important question we could ask, and provides a healthy dose of wisdom that, deep down, we all know but many of us are afraid to admit. The video below is just over three minutes long and well worth watching.http://youtu.be/mnFUDVpFwFQ"So I always ask the question: What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life? Well it's so amazing as the result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say 'Well, we'd like to be painters, we'd like to be poets, we'd like to be writers' But as everybody knows you can't earn any money that way! Another person says 'Well I'd like to live an out-of-door's life and ride horses.' I said 'You wanna teach in a riding school?'Let's go through with it. What do you want to do? When we finally got down to something which the individual says he really wants to do I will say to him 'You do that! And forget the money!' Because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing you will spend your life completely wasting your time! You'll be doing things you don't like doing in order to go on living - that is to go on doing things you don't like doing! Which is stupid! Better to have a short life that is full of which you like doing then a long life spent in a miserable way. And after all, if you do really like what you are doing - it doesn't really matter what it is - you can eventually become a master of it. It's the only way of becoming the master of something, to be really with it. And then you will be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don't worry too much, somebody is interested in everything. Anything you can be interested in, you'll find others who are.But it's absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don't like in order to go on spending things you don't like, doing things you don't like and to teach our children to follow the same track. See, what we are doing is we are bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lifes we are living. In order they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing. So it's all retch and no vomit - it never gets there! And so therefore it's so important to consider this question:What do I desire?"What do you desire? Leave a comment and let me know.