As people age, they tend to change their priorities to simplify their lives. Instead of focusing on a lot of their interests, people prefer to focus on things they are passionate about and that matter to them.
Life is long for those who find it meaningless. But for those who have a sense of purpose in their waking moments, life simply flashes by. One minute, I was just enjoying playing a gig with my band at 4 a.m. years ago. The next, I’m sitting beside my daughter who’s watching Teletubbies as I’m typing this.
I firmly believe life is awesome. It’s such an open-ended journey that there are limitless possibilities on how you wish to perceive your reality. You can piss on everything and be miserable, or you can take the opposite route and be merry. Either way, this freedom allows you to give shape to the things that you do and gives you a sense of being.
I would like to think life as a positive experience. Despite the inevitability of death, there are lots of things to enjoy in our time in the world. Given this realization, everybody gets older, and some of them are lucky enough to see through life as long as they can before riding off the sunset.
For instance, I loved playing in a heavy metal band, among my other interests. But they no longer fit in my current priorities of raising a family and supporting them in any way I can.
If only there weren’t time to slow me down, I would still pursue ALL of my passion projects. But it is impossible to cram doing all of them in a day, let alone in a week or month. The wear and tear got me to think about what matters to me. So I cut my ties with some of my wants to give way for my needs.
The other night, my wife and I attended the midnight screening of “Fifty Shades Darker” at a local mall. We initially were informed that the film would show at around 9-10 p.m., but that wasn’t meant to be. We waited for the festivities to take place since we got to the cinema at 9 p.m. until the actual film started, which was 12:45 a.m.
Since we didn’t expect this to start this late and my wife has work tomorrow morning, we weren’t able to finish the film and left with around 30 minutes left.
Even with just a couple of seconds to spare and even if the movie was about to come to a climax, it wasn’t worth it. Priorities have to be put first before anything else. Like sleeping beside your daughter or waking up early to not be late for work. Things like these are what drives most people I know and me. We are probably at the stage where we can’t let non-priorities affect us too much. There is just so much more in life than what’s in front of you. If you look deeper in your life, the relationships you’ve built throughout the years and the memories you have of your past, it shapes you.
There is just so much more in life than what’s in front of you. If you look deeper in your life, the relationships you’ve built throughout the years and the memories you have of your past, they shape you.
Even if it means seeing another steamy scene with Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, it’s not worth staying for it.
How about you? What drives you now that you’ve reached a certain point in your life? Do you still immerse yourself in your interest or have you cut ties with some of them to make way for the things that truly matter to you? If the former, can you teach me how to make time for interests? Either way, shoot me a comment by filling out the form below and let’s talk.