28 October 2013
Meaningful Life and Goals
A few days back, my lovely girlfriend asked a question which I could not answer, and I still cannot answer. “What are your goals?” I told her, I think I’ll write a blog post about that; this was a diversion tactic, but one that I am facing head-on right now.
The meaningful life for me a life like Hemingway envisioned. I want to be hurtled forward in life by an expansive vision, artistic expression, positive friendships, and simple physical pleasures (like food and travel, but not bullfighting).
Somehow, I am in a mental place where I am not angry at the world, and I feel like I have some modicum of control over my wellbeing. What motivates me is to expand my horizons beyond the smallness of work and money. When I was coming of age, people used to actually say, “Follow your passion and the rest will solve itself.” That notion has become more ridiculous as the years have passed me by, but in this way, the idea has grown in its appeal exponentially. I want to live without fear, and Jesus-ize my notion of property.
Lately, I’ve been listening to the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, a comedian who has long interviews with people. I want to be the kind of person who has insights to share, funny stories to tell, and new friends with whom to interact. That makes a meaningful life—that’s the artistic life.
We are all going to die. I want to bring joy to those around me. I can do better, and find ways to express myself, find my voice, and remark on people and their ironic ways. I’m getting on that right now.