What Should I Do With My Life

From the book of the same name..


A conventional “success” story is one where, with each next, the protagonist has more money, more respect, and more possessions.  I’d like to suggest an alternative “success” story–one where, with each next, the protagonist is closer to finding that spot where he’s no longer held back by his heart, and he explodes with talent, and his character blossoms, and the gift he has to offer the world is apparent. 

Fluffy, yes.  But I’m drawn to this.  The book details 50 different real stories about choices people make as they figure out what to do with themselves.  As I get older, slowly, I’m becoming more aware of being on a ‘track,’ where one decision naturally leads to another.  College.  Grad School. Law School.  Firm job.  Repay loans. Save money.  Buy nice things.  Buy a condo.  Now I’m 35.


There are a hundred other things that matter more to me than anything on that track.  But will I have the fortitude to jump the track when the time comes?  Will I be able to ignore the typical success story and follow my passions onto the alternative one?  I don’t know.  I hope so.  But I don’t know.

2 thoughts on “What Should I Do With My Life

  1. I think the track is kind of an illusion anyway, super-imposed over life so that it makes sense. If the next step makes you happy, go for it, follow the track, certainly. But if you arrive at that condo and aren’t happy, there’s no money-and-time-back guarantee if you say, “Oh but I followed the track!”
    So yeah, jump the track because it’s not even really there. There is no spoon.

  2. Good point. The track may seem like it is there, but only in hindsight.

    Perhaps in the end I’m just worried about making a dozen small decisions without thinking about them, only to realize that together they were one big collective decision that I likely didn’t want to make.

    But, in the end, I know that all of this uncertainty is the entire point of life. So I revel in it.

    BTW, getting excited about the start of the school year?

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