Money is not the root of all-evil, however your own necessity for it can be. In my life I have worked some demanding jobs like 12hr shifts underground in the heat of a coal mine or clearing old railways in the tunnels under the London cobbles. However I’ve also pulled off scams that made me the type of easy money we all know and love. What I held true during all these years was my ideals of why I’m doing it all, and that was to enjoy life. Every dollar I made I spent on an adventure, an experience or a path.
The following words of the great Alan Watts resonated with me today as I analysed my current position and made plans for the future. He touches on working for the sake of working but puts it far more eloquently than I.
“You will spend your life completely wasting your time. You will be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. “
I agree with Alan. Yet we cannot follow the example of Chris McCandless and revolt against society, venture into the Alaskan wilderness to ultimately die of starvation. We need to work to make our lives better and never let the work become the life. Years from now when your on your death bed with the family gathered around, no one will care about how high up in the company you were or how big your house was. They will care about your stories; stories are all you really own in this world. They can be carried through the generations and told over and over and when written down can be etched in history forever. So next time your with someone on a date and there is that awkward silence that cannot be filled with technology, turn to your companion and ask,
Can you tell me a story?
OLOC-One Life One Chance