Life on autopilot
January 5, 2009
After going through so much, I can only think back and tell myself, do not let life get too much into you. One should never have fear about the will to live.
Don’t you look back in amazement, it is now 2009! It just seems like yesterday was the turn of the century, when the “millenium bug” was the major topic everywhere in the world. As i wrote this, the temperature here was freezing in thirties or below. It looks cold and barren everywhere.
Now is always the time people are making resolutions but how many actually follow what they have planned. The few days before New Year was the time reflection as we looked back on the accomplishments of the past year and look forward to a new year. It’s also a time to reflect on our lives and ensure that we are living the life we want.
Being moral souls, its always too simple to be content with where we are. If you have good job that pays comfortably, and have a harmonious family, clearly you are well on your way to success. But the real question is, are you happy with what you are doing? I feel that as we enter a new year it is important to take a step back and make sure that the path you are on is the right path for you.
Generally we are all on autopilot mode.You see life has a way of just happening to people. Your first job tends to be the job that you were first offered, in an industry that may or may not really interest you, doing what you may or may not have a real talent in.
Your career then tends to grow from there. You get promoted or change companies, but tend to stay with what you are familiar with and what you have done in the past.
Months turn into years and at some point in time you find that you are on a career path that you never really intended to be on at all. It may be a great, wonderful career path doing all of the things that are important to you, or it may be a path where you have had some successes, but don’t find inspiring.
While you are feeling contented, deep inside, you are not too happy with yourself either, especially when you see your fellow college mates doing better than you. Maria Duval says we should live a life of purpose. That is very true.
So now as you are working on your new year plans, identify your core values, identify what is important to you in life and in your career. Figure out were you want to be in 10 years and make sure your current path will take you there.
In the end, whatever it is, make sure that you control your life and that your life does not just happen to you.