Saturday, April 03, 2010

The unreachable 'z'

Talking to a friend recently, he came up with a question that has left me thinking. A question for which I don't have an answer.

'What do we do with the things we do?'
'What is the ultimate aim of things we follow so passionately, spending so much time and effort?'

I, for the life of me, don't have answers to these questions, perfectly right questions to ask. These days I spend a fair amount of time on my 'hobbies'. Time, the most valuable thing in the universe you can expend, you spend so much of it on following your passions. What do you do with that?

It's forthrightly easy to say that the destination doesn't matter, it's the journey that really counts. But I think that this is a feel-good, but overrated, and highly flawed argument. After thinking a bit over this, I find asking these questions is important to bring things in perspective. Though just asking such questions will not make things concrete, for most things.

I found that asking these questions, makes you think where you are with your 'hobby' and how much better you can get at it by setting some tangible goals. This ROI oriented talk sounds all very management-training-styled, but no. Think over it, the more you think, you'll make your passion for the things you love stronger. You'll aim for the rainbow, in process you might just cross couple of mountains and valleys, but you'll be well off than before.

But then this brings me back to the original questions. At the end of it, you might manage to get from 'a' to 'g' instead of 'd', but there is no 'z', not in this lifetime. Or put other way, the 'z', the relative 'z', is always unreachable from where you stand. Then what do you do, does that make all of this futile? I think, reaching far enough is satisfying enough, you don't need a 'z' to attain, and even if you did you wouldn't know!

1 comment:

piti said...

cool one