Today, I would like to reflect on my last blog post. I got a lot of feedback and comments from my readers. Most of the feedback was regarding one of the things that the psychologist talked about in his speech. It is one of the many things that we take for granted in our society but which when looked at more closely is not really true:
“Work hard and study all the time! Then you can get a good job and earn a lot of money! That’s the only way for you to be truly happy!”
(Quote from: “Refresh your Life” speech)
People who posted comments on my blog post had two different opinions. Some agreed with this statement while others shared the opinion of the psychologist that this is not really true.
As with all things in life, there are two sides to every story and it’s important to listen to all sides. Things are never just black and white, true or false. Usually there’s a middle ground. That’s why I want to raise this discussion point again today. But don’t worry, my blog will not turn into a “meaning of life” seminar. But sometimes it can be interesting to challenge your own view of life and to listen to other voices.
I have thought about this quote a bit more over the past couple of days and I think that the following is a better version of the same message:
“The better your education, the more doors are open to you, so you have more options. Having more choices means that you are more likely to find “true happiness”. If there’s only one door, then your chances are 50:50 at best. One thing is clear, money and wealth can never make you happy, especially if you all you are worried is how to make even more money from what you already have. Always try to enjoy life, you only have one life.” Unless reincarnation does exist. What if I come back as a green ogre?
By now you’re asking yourself, what has he smoked? But seriously, the way you can reach happiness depends entirely on you. Everyone has different interests, hobbies etc.
Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying you should quit your job, runaway from school and just drift through life looking for happiness. But just try enjoy what you’re doing rather than getting stuck in a circle of unhappiness where every day is the same as the last one.
I personally need a reason to get out of bed every morning. I enjoy school, well not particularly school, but the friendship and the atmosphere of learning. I do a lot of homework but I always have to remind myself that there are also other things that count in life.
I promise to be less philosophical in my next post but at the same time, I’m hoping to get a lot of comments and feedback to this post! Join the discussion, let me know your thoughts.