There comes a time in life when it is time to unlearn what we have learnt. Well, not everything, but at least certain things. You need to be wise enough to know what you need to unlearn… Or maybe, it is just enough to keep it simple!
We tend to overcomplicate things in life, especially in our busy, over-stressed westernly culture. We have to think about so many things: work, studies, finances, bills, shopping, family, children, etc. It is easy to get troubled in thoughts. But is it really what Life is about?
We need to stop sometimes and think about what is really important. And what we, as individual, unique personalities can give and enjoy in this life? We have been taught to certain things from early childhood, we have heard our parents and teachers say things to us that were either true or not. Whatever it was, it only represented their perspective or what they have been taught by others. Not to speak about the media, especially television that is manipulating our world-view so much. I often wonder whether people still have their own thoughts and common sense, or they are completely brainwashed by what the media and their “culture” teaches them.
One of my favourite quotes from Buddha says it all, this is what we should always remember:
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
Sometimes we need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. We have to spend time in nature, admire the beauty of flowers and animals, go somewhere else to breathe different air, visit another country to see things from a different perspective. We have to appreciate the beauty of life and also our own special talents. Why do we need to choose a career in order to make a living? Why don’t we just do things we enjoy and have the talents for? I know it is not always very easy to do, but in the end, we should aim to follow our passions, otherwise we are destined to a bitter life that was lived through with hard work and no fun.
So I ask you all to believe in what you like, use your common sense, don’t overcomplicate things, follow your passions, do what you like, even if you are not paid for it, because it will make someone else’s life better and one day it will all be appreciated!
I thank this post to a special somebody who I met in a special place who reminded me of the simplicity of life! Even if we don’t meet again in this life, I thank you for the encouragement!