You really should do what you want, regardless. Right now you should make a list of three wonderful things you want to do by year’s end, and do them. You should actually try getting them done as soon as possible. You deserve to be able to do what you want. To live as you see fit.
What I mean by the statement “do what you want” is for you to truly consider doing whatever it is in your heart to do. There is no outside resistance, only flawed perspectives about why we can or cannot do what we want.
We really seem to believe our lives are a string of days moving backwards and forwards in time. We carry yesterday’s hurts into today, and carry what happens today into “tomorrow.” We think that we have unlimited time to do this or do that and we never really get around to doing what we want to do.
Carrying bitterness and feeling that life is out to get us, we slink more and more inwards, focusing on the hurt and pain we’ve experienced and living to avoid it. Then, instead of moving towards what we want out of life, we figure it’s best just to avoid all pain, misery, and disappointment only enjoying a few moments of pleasure on the weekends looking to party or be entertained.
You should obviously handle all of your duties, but know that the fewer “duties” you take on, the more you allow yourself the freedom to at least enjoy the experience of life.
Life is meant to be lived as an experience, not as a duty. It’s not meant for us to walk around hurting and traumatized, jaded at the world for experiences we had no control over and weren’t educated to handle.
OUR EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, AND GOVERNMENT
In 2018 the U.S. ranked 36th out of 79 countries in math scores, scores that haven’t changed since the year 2000. For two decades the populace has not gotten any smarter when it comes to math.
In reading, we did a little better, ranking 13th out of 79 countries and regions while our ranking in science apparently went up not because we did better, but because OTHER countries slipped.
Our overall ranking is 26th in total scholastic achievement, from reading, science, and math scores combined. We aren’t as smart as we like to think we are.
Quitting school is how Bill Gates(Microsoft and apparent science guru), Ralph Lauren(Fashion), Steve Madden(Fashion), Steve Jobs(Apple), Sean Combs(Music and Entertainment), Mark Zuckerberg(Facebook), Rachel Ray(Chef), Coco Chanel(Fashion), Simon Cowell, James Cameron(Movie Director), Steve Wozniak(Apple), Richard Branson(Virgin), Larry Ellison(Oracle), Wolfgang Puck(Chef), Ted Turner(CNN) can all make millions and billions. Life is about solving problems, not avoiding them.
School is NOT a prerequisite for living a good life. It isn’t a prerequisite for making good money. It’s not a prerequisite for anything except being exceptionally underpaid, less than average, and more often than not being in debt. We aren’t taught how to be financially savvy, how to lead in the workplace, how to set goals and achieve them, how to think outside of the box, or how to solve any legitimate problems people are facing today. We go to work for those people I mentioned earlier and make them even MORE money.
In healthcare we rank 27th in the world, around the same as our education system.
Financially, this country runs on the people. $1.6 trillion was made by the federal government last year from individual income taxes alone. Corporate income taxes were only around $212 billion.
You could say our country is made up of bumpkins, being run by bumpkins, and paid for by the bumpkins, while the smartest people among us opted out of the system and use us bumpkins to make them money.
YOU HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE
You deserve to be happy. To smile. To not live by the rules. In terms of rules; Fundamental Rights, Constraints on Government Powers, and Absence of Corruption from the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index, the United States fell out of the top 20. We have a declining system and it doesn’t benefit us bumpkins.
You should do what you want because no one really cares what you are doing anyway. You have no impact on any other world but your own, and if you aren’t living your best life(contrary to popular belief this has nothing to do with vacation, drinking mimosas, and doing nothing because to do that every day consistently over time would be boring and kill you fast.
WHAT YOU MUST DO
- Choose something productive to do daily or weekly that you enjoy. You want to have something to look back on as you “cycle” through life. For me, it’s this blog and writing books. I want to look back on all the content I produced and leave that as my legacy, as I’d more regret not doing this over anything else.
- Choose something you really enjoy doing that only matters to you. If it’s being your home team’s biggest fan, then do that. If it’s painting, making music, building model cars, or taking selfies, you must do it. Do it the best you can and enjoy it.
- Handle your duties, and have as little of them as possible. The only stress you need is the stress of getting better in one way or another. You don’t need doom scrolling stress, the stress of keeping up with society, or any other stress than the stress that YOU choose.
Do what you want to do. And do it for you, because nobody is going to care more about your life than you.
Have a great rest of the week.