You will die one day.
This is a great way to start an article, huh?
My body could be fighting my medication right now, but I’m somehow laughing out loud to myself from that first line. What’s wrong with me? I’ll tell you what is wrong in my head right now. Nothing. Nothing is wrong.
We are seriously – not to be depressing, not to be the opposite of hopeful, not to be disdainful, but we’re seriously going to die one day. Haha. It could be in a few seconds or in a few decades. Regardless, you’re going to die. So the question you have to ask yourself is, “what’s the point?”
What is the point of studying, what is the point of working really hard for money, what is the point of stressing out, what is the point of passionately fighting for something you love – when in the end you’re just going to die.
In our generation (Generation Y) we have created this universal notion that since we’re going to die one day, we should live life to our fullest. Forget work and all those horrible sacrifices that need to be made. “I want to live life to the fullest.” The concept of hashtag happiness and hashtag enjoying our youth – is the central theme spoken to our peers. Anyone who thinks or does something otherwise is a workaholic or just wasting time doing something unworthy.
I’m not going to lie by saying that this idea of hashtag happiness and hashtag enjoying our youth isn’t a wonderful concept. It is, but this article is leaning towards a semi-different direction. The article wants to change the thought of, “what’s the point… if I’m just going to die?” and instead making the question be, “what will happen if I live the next day?”
What Will Happen If I Live Tomorrow
We’re not always going to get our way. Sometimes we’ll be required to sacrifice our time, our money, and do unrewarding things that we think have no basis to our current life. Who wants to be stuck in a classroom, at a job, or taking a lot of time away from others all to learn a new skill?
Let’s think differently because our “next days” are approaching at every second.
These “next days” will add up and pretty soon you’ll realize that you’re ten years older. You may have enjoyed your youth (doing nothing but having fun), but you’re now at a point where you’re essentially, career or life wise, in the same state you were ten years ago. Listen, I’m not saying that your whole life should be sacrificing all your time for a typical “career like job.” I’m saying that living your life to the fullest means that there is a point for working, there is a point for passion, there is a point for anything because if you live the next day – you will be benefiting from what you did yesterday.
Living Life to Its Fullest
The idea of this article is to tell you that living your life means that it isn’t always going to be hashtag happiness or hashtag enjoying your youth. Sometimes you have to take risks and routes that could lead nowhere or be harmful to you. That’s the beauty of it all because if you live tomorrow you’re basically putting yourself in a position where you can look back and say, “I did and learned so much that I’m ready for what’s ahead.”
So regardless if you want to be a doctor, a rocket scientist, a famous blogger, an actor, a successful teacher, whatever – just know it’s not always going to be smooth sailing. The road to these paths will take a ton of time from your youth. It can suck. I know because I myself have invested over 4 years working long days and nights, (even sacrificing a ton of time away from my partner), all trying to get one step closer to my career goal. I know it’ll be worth it because just now, finally, I’m noticing a few positive strides from my previous work.
Remember, the more you sit ideal to “just enjoy your youth,” the more you’ll be hurting yourself the next day. Though I say this, I want to make something very clear. I’m not saying you should be tuning yourself out from the social world and just focus on work: if you do this you’ll be hurting yourself in that same respect.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy your youth. I’m rather imposing a question: are you willing to balance whatever you need to get done TODAY, to make sure that you’re in a better position tomorrow?
It’s not my objective to project guilt on anyone who is currently not doing anything. I guess, in my own case, I’m writing this article for my own personal reasons. I don’t want to be in my old age and regretting that I didn’t give everything I got, during my youth, to accomplish my dreams. I also don’t want to be regretting that I didn’t have a ton of fun during my youth: it’s a two way street.
So the next time someone asks me, “what’s the point?” I’m going to respond, “the point is my future because I’m going to be alive tomorrow and there is no other reason to not take advantage of today.”
I cannot believe I used hashtags for argumentative pieces in this article.
Thanks for listening.