What do you want in life?

Today I will be talking about life. What do you want out of life? Different people have different goals and aspirations in life.

Dale Carnegie has boiled everything that most normal adults want into 8 simple things in life. (In no order of importance)

  1. Health and the preservation of life
  2. Food
  3. Sleep
  4. Money and the things money will buy
  5. Life in the hereafter
  6. Sexual gratification
  7. The well-being of our children
  8. A feeling of importance

So true isn’t it? The more I think about it, the more incredulous I am with how he has managed to sum everything that seems to be what most people chase/yearn for in life. This is what people think will give them true happiness in life. Which is highest on your priority list?

We all think that sometimes we do things for other people, but at the end of the day, even if we did something for others (e.g. donating money to someone who needed it), we really did it because we wanted the feeling of being generous/able to help somebody else.

I’m going to let you guys in into a sneak peak of the thoughts that cross my mind occasionally.

Every so often, I think back to a story that I read somewhere on the internet about a rich old man on his deathbed. What he said will stay in my mind forever. It goes something like- What’s the point of working so hard when you’re young and capable, neglecting everything else (like your family, friends, relationships etc.), and when you’re old and about to die, even money can’t buy you back time and health. Why not spend your priceless time on something way more worthwhile? Many of us spend our youths chasing after wealth, climbing up and escalating the corporate ladder, and when we finally get too old and are given the chance to rethink and evaluate our lives, we regret not spending our time on things that would’ve made us happier. I’m not saying that material wealth isn’t important, of course it is, i’m just saying that it isn’t everything. There are some things that all of us are capable of nurturing (they can be family, genuine friendships, spiritual aspects) and they will ensure that we do not have any regrets when we all eventually lie on our deathbeds, contemplating how we have spent living our lives in the past.

Tip: Carefully contemplate your goals in life and your reasons behind it because they will help you refocus when the going gets tough. Then work solely towards achieving them and try your best not to get distracted!

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