Four thoughts for graduates:
1. Life is more like music than a journey. You’re supposed to sing or dance, not get to some finish line. Alan Watts sums of the meaning of life quite nicely here:
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” Ursula Leguin
“The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” Lily Tomlin
2. What’s your story? We are compelled by narrative, and viewing your life in the context of story can give you more meaning than just setting measurable goals. Is your life going to be a story worth telling? Here are Donald Miller’s suggestions:
3. What’s your sentence? Can’t think of your story? Try determining your sentence. Here’s Daniel Pink explaining the magic of your sentence.
4. When in doubt, follow the fun. Stuck on a career or life decision? Choose the option that seems like more fun. Even if it’s less prestigious or lucrative. Find those activities that you love doing regardless of the reward or praise that may or may not result. If you can find work that you do for its intrinsic value, you will be remarkably happy.