How far do your ambitions go? Are you money driven? What will be enough to make you happy and stop you from chasing more?
It’s no news that we’re living in a time of mass consumption, heavy ambitions and constant striving. Everybody is looking up to the successful ones, aspiring to get to where they are. But you see these people who’re making millions and you wonder why rarely any of them ever stops.
Everyone knows it is human nature that makes us always want more, but doesn’t that mean that you’re never truly happy? Heading to the next target and the next and yet the next.
A memory came to me recently of something that a friend of mine said when I was a freshman and completely penniless. So penniless in fact that I didn’t have enough for food and was forced to divide a bagel between breakfast and dinner. Obviously, I wasn’t talking about it and accepted it as it is. When she realized the situation, she asked how I can be so cheerful and enthusiastic while half-starved, sleep deprived and overworked. It caught me by surprise really, her wondering. I thought about it and said: “Well, I can’t really change that at the moment. It will get better though, and in the meantime I have so many things to enjoy”.
We all have dreams and visions of our bright future, but not all of us are happy once we get there. Someone may feel empty, unchallenged, and purposeless; others disappointed of the result, failed expectations.
Yet there are those rare jewels of human beings who are happy throughout, wherever they are, whatever they do, no matter what they own. And they’re never those who write books about how to be happy and seize the day, live the moment. They don’t bother advising people how to live their lives, because they’re focused on living theirs. Not striving for more, rather making use of what they have and enjoying all those small things that make life beautiful.
So what if they never become “successful”, make loads of money, be popular and achieve something extraordinary? They’re already successful in life by fully living it, are probably popular with their friends instead of being busy all the time, running to catch the next scheduled goal, and are quite extraordinary by being among the rare ones who’re genuinely satisfied with themselves.
Wouldn’t everything be easier if we were more like that? Living a “guilt-free”, less busy life, full of normal things, today unappreciated by the modern needs of society? Otherwise, as things seem to be going, we’ll end up in a constant competition, a life race, trying to keep up or get ahead, with no time to stop, take a breath and actually see around yourself.
Not everyone is meant to achieve great “success”. Live on your own terms. Better having less than never having enough.