What if Money Didn’t Matter?
I just got a note from my pen pal Jimmy. He must have psychic abilities because he sent me this video:
So I always ask the question: What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life? Well it’s so amazing as the result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say ‘Well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers’ But as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way! Another person says ‘Well I’d like to live an out-of-door’s life and ride horses.’ I said ‘You wanna teach in a riding school?’
Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do? When we finally got down to something which the individual says he really wants to do I will say to him ‘You do that! And forget the money!’ Because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing you will spend your life completely wasting your time! You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living – that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing! Which is stupid! Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing then a long life spent in a miserable way. And after all, if you do really like what you are doing – it doesn’t really matter what it is – you can eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way of becoming the master of something, to be really with it. And then you will be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much, somebody is interested in everything. Anything you can be interested in, you’ll find others who are.
But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach your children to follow in the same track. See, what we are doing is we are bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lives we are living. In order they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing. So it’s all retch and no vomit – it never gets there! And so therefore it’s so important to consider this question:
What do I desire?”
It reminded me of a story that I shared on the blog before but I found a movie video of it:
So here I am today, I don’t have a job and I live from savings and from the assistance of others who allow me to stay with them. I try to help encourage people I meet to be happy in life and I try to bring joy to those I am around. I meet fascinating people who live their passions and enjoy life. I am learning so much. I go to places so remarkable it can take my breath away and reminds me of this amazing world we live in. I photograph the to document and tell stories of my journey in hopes that it encourages others to be passionate.
I often hear the advice that I should get a job even if it is one that I don’t like because that is what people do. Yet I wonder why emphasis on being happy in life is what is important. It seems as though creativity is often locked away because people lack the imagination to create a life of happiness. Most people are following the same pattern and routine as others because that is what we are taught. Success is measured by material possessions and not life experiences. Something I don’t understand.
So last night I was sharing my love for people that have become a hero to me in some way with Matt (aka Larry). People that have inspired me to chase my dreams. I shared a commencement speech by Steve Jobs. So today as I write this, I remember a speech by J.K. Rowlings. She tells her life story that I think hits home about the standard of failure.
Do yourself a favor and watch this:
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.