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Thursday, January 15, 2004

Enjoy the Journey  
I was thinking today about how focussed our culture is on achievement. Everyone is constantly striving for success. On the surface that sounds grand, but what they mean by "success" is really two things - lots of money and others' approval. It's why parents want their kids to go to college, so they can get a good job. A "good job" being one that is high in status and monetary compensation. Distracted as they are by seeing only the goal of finishing college, they miss the experience.

This behavior continues after college as well. Everyone staring at the finish line, which constantly recedes (in truth it isn't really there, it's a mirage), and not enjoying where they are. They reach the end of a year, 5 years, 10 years, and say "wow, that went by fast" with a tinge of regret in their voices, worrying over the youth they'll never have back. The youth in which they feel they were supposed to be living it up, having the time of their lives.

You can't fill your heart with money or other people's approval. You can only live now.