>In the recent past, I spent many frustrated years considering the pointlessness of my life. To put it in perspective you have to ask yourself what exactly is a fulfilling life? How do you define it? I would have to point out that it is completely subjective. Let’s evaluate some examples:
Consider Bill Gates, an extremely successful businessman who is now retired from work to a life of philanthropy.
Also consider a San Antonio, South Side, Hispanic whose whole goal in life is to drink beer, fish and make children.
Is one better than the other? Bill Gates went out and grabbed the world by the collar and achieved his lofty goals while completely changing the world itself. He made the world a better place to live in both technically and now socially through his charitable foundation.
The San Antonio, South Side Hispanic has no goals other than simple pleasures which are easily attained.
Upon Bill Gate’s death, the world will stop and remember him. He will die a satisfied, happy man.
When the Hispanic man dies, the world will not notice yet he will still die a satisfied, happy man.
In the end both have lived full and complete lives in their own mind. (Which is all that matters.)
What of the person in the middle? The person who has potential and desire to do great things but never really achieves them. The person who knows his potential but cannot express it. He may go through life frustrated and depressed working in a dead end job until he dies a sad and unfulfilled man.
What can we learn from this study? If you are the middle-man you are doing something wrong. A poker buddy once said, “Come big or don’t come at all.” There really are only two correct paths in life. If you have the means to achieve lofty goals, take the first path. If you don’t then take the second. If you have goals but not the means, you may be screwed. Either drop the goals or find the means. Perhaps a lobotomy.
I have great ideas and abilities but I don’t have the method to make them effective. I don’t really have lofty goals but I do feel that I have more purpose in life than beer, fish and children.
It seems the point is for your life to be complete in your own mind. Accomplish what you can. Only you can define what makes you happy. You can’t live by other people’s rules no matter how hard they try to force them on you. When they say that life is hard, they are talking about us middle-men. Lobotomies all around!