I came across this story sifting through the digital NYTimes and it really struck a chord with me. This is a fantastic story about a man who grew up and became a doctor only to find that life was devoid of meaning and hollow. After years of plowing through life, slaving away at a “job”, and entrenching himself in all the materialistic glory a doctor’s life can provide, this man decided he needed a “do-over”.
I think it extremely interesting that such an established and well educated individual could find himself in a predicament that I feel a lot of us are in these days. I mean, I know I aspire to obtain the success that this man obtained in his lifetime. Listening to his story of obtaining that success, only to become hollowed out by that life and longing for something “more”, is really quite depressing now that I think about it! Good Lord, what if everything I’m working for will just eventually push me towards this same proverbial cliff? Will it do the same to you, to everyone? Are we all doomed to push and strive for greatness, only to achieve it and realize that it’s still just a bunch of crap?
This is why I feel that balance is so important in our lives. Family is important, love is important, even spirituality (stop rolling your eyes) is important. We can get so lost in the 9 to 5 hustle and bustle routine that we wake up one day, full of regret and out of time. I don’t want to be that person, I don’t think any of us want to be that person. Check out Slomo’s story in the video below. Maybe it will inspire you as it did me.
Let me know your thoughts! How do you feel about the direction of your life? How do you incorporate purpose into what you do?