iWork and iLife
There are two schools of thought when it comes to how you should live your life. One tells you that you should study hard so you get a good job. You should work hard so you earn lots of money. And you should earn lots of money so that some time later you will get to sit back and enjoy your life. The other tells you that you should live in the moment, enjoy each day as your last and not worry about the future.
Although I never consciously chose any one in particular, I somehow found myself following the latter. As long as I can remember, I never had a plan in life. This might sound ridiculous to some but it’s true. I had no idea what I was going to do after school. After I stumbled through a few years of college, I had no idea what I was going to do to earn my living. I had no career plans and possessed a spectacular lack of ambition, which continues to this day.
I had a few interests, which one day I realized I could try and pursue. I was lucky enough to get a job that I enjoyed doing. Suddenly I was a tech reviewer writing for a popular site and I loved doing it. Many years and jobs later, things are a lot different now. I’m no longer the amateur I used to be, or at least that’s what I think.
But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the general cluelessness when it comes to answering the question: What next? Would I be doing this for the rest of my life? I don’t know. What else can I do? I don’t know. Is it necessary that I should know? I don’t know.
So how should you live your life? Should you be that person who meticulously plans every aspect of their future, hoping that some day it would all pay off and they would be enjoying themselves or should you just enjoy what you have now and worry later? That depends upon you. You could be that person who plans their life and works hard to see that plan succeed. If you love doing that good for you and you should continue doing that.
But don’t do something because it’s what’s expected of you or because someone tells you to. We should be able to live the way we want to without having to fit a mould dictated by others. And if you don’t have a plan of action, that’s fine as well.
You could either live for today or tomorrow. But one thing to remember is that while today is definitely a reality, tomorrow is not. You can only hope tomorrow exists, but you can never be sure. You could be working your ass for a better future, and one day get cancer and die before you ever see that future. You don’t want to be that guy on your deathbed who wished you could have lived a little when you had the time.
How you live also depends upon you. You don’t have to do what others think is fun. If you like to sit at home all day and do absolutely nothing, that’s great and you should do that. You don’t have to have a checklist of things that people do, like bungee jumping or getting high on drugs, just to feel you lived your life. Do what makes you happy, even if others may not approve of it. I may not have done amazing things that many other people have done but I don’t regret them. I did something else, something which I enjoyed doing. So what if it was different? I had fun and that’s all that matters. You won’t look back on your deathbed and think “Maybe I should have snorted that coke off the hooker’s ass”. Or maybe you would, if that’s what you really wanted. But it would likely be what you wanted not what others think you should have done.
You don’t have to have a plan in life. You don’t have to do what others think is good. You could be doing the most boring thing in the world. But if that’s what you enjoy doing, you’re living your life, your way. And that’s the best way to do it.