February 9, 2009

You learn, you work, you die...

This may be a simplistic view. I mean, of course there are more to life than this. But, career-wise, are not all the three things here are that that you do when you  go through life. Most goes through all this and does not even make a dent in the annal of history except to those who are really close to them. Not really an accomplished life right? Is it our own fault or does the world reduce us to this. I mean, just going through it and then not really realising our other choices? I mean, there are those who do other things and not following all these sets of rules which societies have set. I know that some just try to trudge along life without making a mark and some just trying to survive.

Let us look through a person's life. You will start formal learning when you are 6 and earlier for some. You finish learning when you are 24 for some but earlier for some other. You then put your shoulder to the grind before you may or may not retire at 55 or 65 or whatever age the government said you should retire, whether you are ready for it or not. Then? You wait to die... 

Some do it with all the pomp and flourish of an accomplish person. The respect they managed to accumulate when they were working. They were a head of department. They were a chief executive officer. They were the leader of a political party. They were the university's rectors. They have managed to be an accomplished criminal. They were lawyers who conducted trials all their live until they die. They were the one who grace silver screens as if they are invincible until suddenly their name are never heard again.

Insert a few things like exceptional holidays, building a home and family but the two main factors in your life will be learning and working. So, are you enjoying what you do. In this short life, have you found your ideal work and are you doing what you have wanted all this time?

If not, shouldn't you?

Stuck here all your life? In my case, it is the most likely scenario... 
(but I am enjoying it)

3 comments:

Ratty said...

Thoughts like these are what made me want to get out and discover new things. Not just new things on my blog or in nature, but in my whole life. I'm not satisfied with my job, so I'm looking for something I will like. Maybe I'll never find it, but I'm glad I'm trying.

This was a good post. It made me think. Most of your posts do that for me.

kruel74 said...

Thanks Ratty for at least making me know my writings are being read and made an impact...

Damien Tan said...

I think it all depends on one's mental state. One looks out the window and sigh its another boring day, just like yesterday and the day before. Another looks out the window and say I hear there's a lot of action up there, let me buy a telescope and take a look. The same world is drastically different for each one.

Mental states make the difference. Question is, what are the things that determine those states. The answer, in my opinion, is not what's out there but what's in here.

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