On your first and/or current job(s)

If you could take a minute and step back to give yourself an opportunity to imagine (yourself) looking down on society from a bird’s-eye view, you will realize that, in the ‘grand’ scheme of things, the issues and problems that you are faced with in your day-to-day lives provide you with a continuous and invaluable opportunity to change your path with each decision you make. This stands regardless of whether you believe you made the right decision, deal with it.

Is this possible while you are asleep? I don’t believe in quite the same way. So what does sleep propose as an opportunity? You should learn to make use of your time while you are awake (metaphorically and literally) to educate yourself through your experiences and also keep an eye out for what opportunities lay in front of you, regardless of your gender, race, wealth, and situation. Thus, you are left with sleep to make the most of the time while you are not awake, as this is time you should be counting most dearly in preparing yourself for the next day – make the most of what you can, and respect the things you can’t.

In conclusion, you should wake up to everyday and inspire yourself in challenging yourself, whether you have a job, are a student at school, or even a retiree: what can you be doing with your time? Are you simply there to make ends meet? Are you there to pay off your debts? Are you here to live out the rest of your days and as Socrates put to Crito upon deciding not to exile, “an old man with probably only a short time left to live, [whom, upon deciding to exile,] had the nerve to cling so greedily to life by violating the most important laws.”

In the end, it doesn’t matter what ‘job’ you are doing in your day-to-day lives, it should be a matter of what life you are choosing to live, that should be what is worth living.

Above is one of my favorite videos of Alan Watts, who concludes at 2:53, “So in this idea then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality, not god in a politically kingly sense, but god in the sense of being the ‘self’ that deep down, basic [and] whatever there is, you are all that, only you are pretending you are not.”

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