What Meanings Do You Give to Your Life?

What is The Good Life

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once; seize them. Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating. Live your dream, and wear your passion. Life is short.

In his remarkable 2005 commencement address (transcript, video) at Stanford University, Apple founder Steve Jobs urged graduates to pursue their dreams:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Consciously or unconsciously, we all are trying to figure out what is the good life. For a long time it will seem to you that life will begin soon, but there’s always some impediment in the way. Perhaps you will feel that there’s some unfinished business, something to be achieved, time to be spent, a debt to be reimbursed, some task to be completed, before life—real life—would begin. Along the way, you will reconcile. You will settle. You will settle for something less. You will reconcile your ambitions with what is possible. You surrender to the pressures of life. Do you have to?

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