Monday, November 15, 2010

Not me - succumbing to life

I was one of those kids who aspired to become a pilot, a rock-star, a nobel prize winner, an actress who has won at least 2 grammies, the country's president, formula one driver, company owner, coffee shop owner, pub owner, some large weird space with coffe and drinks and food and pool table and darts and library and media room and all that on one place, owner... etc..

All those profiles have one or two things in common and those are, being important and having power over something or having the ability to have a strong impact or influence on people's lives. Now that is most probably because of  the superiority complexe that I suffered from, but I think most kids wanted that no?

Nowadays, I am just an employee, who works 9 to 10 hours per day, with a salary at the end of every month, no aspiration or ambition at all. And weirdly enough, I don't mind. Difference is, I still wanna be a coffee shop owner, with a pool and a library and all that... But I can do that in my future own place, my house is going to be a recreational center! Then again, this is a whole different story. For me, a job now means means to survive. And the one quote I resisted all my life, haunts me now:

"If you don't do what you love, love what you do!"

I live for nights and weekends and vacations and I dont mind doing this at all. I never thought I would reach this point in my life since, and I quote myself:

"I don't like how things go. I don't think I'm going to grow to be a traditional employee, wake at 8 am, go to work at 9 am, go to lunch for an hour at 1 pm then come back at 5 or 6 pm, be so tired to barely eat, stop doing sports and go out only on weekends when it's a lot more crowded.

No that's not me. I'm not going to fall for life classical boring life. Not me."

hmm, what planet was I living on right? A friend of mine told me, he no longer gives a high importance to building a career, as much as he cares for being remembered as a good husband, a good father and a good friend. I honestly agreed with him. I am not advocating for killing our dreams and terminating any atom of ambition, ambition is still there, it only changes from one individual to the next, and to each their own aspirations and dreams and what makes them happy.

Not all of us are going to be "Entrepreneurs", or company owners, or pilots, or rock-stars, or a hot short sports person... And it's O-Kay!

Painting by Salvador Dali - Galatea of the spheres


  1. It's so true!!! 10/10 true. I Love this post, inspiring...

  2. Makes one think...but it's in our human nature to want to be the best..

  3. What a great post. I've been thinking about this for a long while too, but haven't found the right way to express it. I've grown up around people who did what society "expected" of them only to find out that they were very very unhappy. This is what inspired me to choose a job that made me happy and left enough time to enjoy the things that I want..lead a healthy lifestyle with minimal stress, have the freedom to travel and to spend time with the people I love..We all aspire to different things, and that too is ok! Living for weekends or holidays (like post people) is not a bad thing! Just think, even if u had all the time and freedom in the world, that doesn't mean the people u love would, so u would end up spending that time alone!

    I think all of us go through that phase of wanting to be "someone important" only to find out that that requires a bit too much sacrifice. I would choose my life over a high-powered CEO's life, or business owner's life any day!