1,000 Ways to Live

Don’t worry, this isn’t an article about exostentialism or some pot-smoking, far-fetched discussion about God. If there really is a God, I’m sure he looks down thinking “look at these morons talking about me again – they really have no idea what they’re talking about.” What I want to talk about is lifestyle. When I was younger, and really, even today, I had a perception of life as following a certain series of steps. High school, then college, then get a job, get married, have kids, get promoted a few times, then retire and play golf or something. And, all with an upward trajectory. You’re always becoming more successful, and more wealthy as the years go on. And I would begin feeling depressed if I veered too far off that “blueprint” ingrained in my head. But now at the age of almost 32, I’m realizing life has twists and turns to an extent. So I’m trying let go of that blueprint now I had envision for myself. Life doesn’t need to follow any sort of blueprint at all. In fact, I think it’s much healthier for us if it doesn’t exist at all. This is why I’ve come to despise the typical job interview question of “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I used to feel guilty when I thought about this question, like a moron almost, for not having thought about it, and thus not having a good answer for the question. But what the hell? Why? I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in 6 months, let alone 5 years. And I’d like to keep it that way! Looking back, I wish I would’ve answered like a smart ass and turned the question right back on the interviewer. I guarantee you they have no clue either, and would by lying if they said otherwise. The real truth is there are a 1,000 ways to live. It doesn’t need to follow a typical order of life, or coincide with some corporate hierachical structure. If you spend 30 years of your life going to the same building, doing the same job, answering to the same company – even if you do become wealthy – will you truly feel that you’ve “lived”? I’d rather spend a year in California, become best friends with the local hippie, make millions of dollars and then go flat broke again. At least it would be a life of adventure – at least I’ll feel like I’m living! In 5 years, the only things I really want is to be alive and healthy. But after that, I don’t want to know what city I’ll be living in or what my circumstances will be. I don’t think humans are designed to spend hours upon hours in an office environment with air-conditioning and artificial lighting. We’re animals after all, and I don’t think it’s such a good thing, this modern world we live in. It definitely lacks a certain flavor, color, and smell. So much of business now is just transacting between computer screens. Ultimately, they’re just watching numbers transfer from one screen to another. Not all businesses, but many. I don’t want to veer too much off topic, but I do want to let go of the shackles of the idea that life needs to adhere to a certain “blueprint”. I think younger people are better at this mindset, and I was too. Maybe in life, we should have no expectations at all.

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