This clever animation of Alan Watts’s thoughts on the purpose of life is well worth two minutes of your attention:
Watts says instead of thinking of life as journey, where the end is what matters, imagine life as a dance or a song. The point is not to get to the end or to win, but simply to enjoy each step, each note.
When I was in college, I wanted what I considered a great life – a job, a car, a house, a wife. Once I had that, then what? A bigger job, a bigger car, a bigger house, a bigger wife…? Are we on some metaphorical journey to a finish line where we know we’ve made it?
I prefer this thought from Ursula LeGuin:
“It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters in the end.”