Are You Playing The Game Of “Life”?
And if you are… Then what are the rules? Who made those rules? And why are you following them?
When it comes to philosophy, I enjoy reading and listening to Alan Watts whenever I get the chance. I find that many of my own perspectives on the purpose of life, along with other moral justifications, resonate quite closely with those of Alan Watts.
Site Purpose Number
To Inspire Possibility
“You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”
― Abraham Lincoln
At some point or another most people have been lucky enough to hear similar words to these, but how many people really heed this advice and strive to achieve something special, and how many settle into what is safe, what is expected, or what they feel they must do?
One of the main catalysts inspiring the concept of this website was the way a younger cousin had asked Me for advice about his options following high school graduation. Society’s influence on my cousin’s understanding of what life is meant to be about – and the way this influence seems to stifle the dreamer in us all – had left him with only two options: to go to university, or do an apprenticeship – neither of which he was all that keen on.
Life holds so much more possibility and promise than these typically expected milestones:
- buying a house
- and a car
- securing a career
- finding a wife
- having a baby
- paying the mortgage
- and making enough money so you can retire and survive beyond your use by date.
Not that these ambitions aren’t admirable, and I am not condemning them at all. I also don’t suggest that people should go the other way and become lazy burdens on society, or to ride the coat-tails of others through life. I only suggest that if these standard ambitions don’t fill your cup, there is so much more to explore and experience in the world, and many more possible pathways to a successful, contributing, and fulfilling life than the simple choice of university or an apprenticeship.
Hopefully, by sharing my experiences and achieving whatever goals are set for me, I will be able to inspire today’s youth to dream again, and to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives – on their own terms.
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WSBD PHASE 1: Suggest BIG Life Goals For Baz
Q: What did you dream of doing or being when you were a child? Before you grew up, learnt the rules, and had to get “realistic”?