It is easy to dream, but finding meaning in life and realizing which dreams will bring you that meaning is a bigger dilemma.
Your aspirations and dreams seem like a cloud you are floating in all around you.
You begin to feel unsure of an idea you imagined flourishing when you initially thought about it. And eventually, you begin to feel as if it is a mere fantasy, hoping to have some magic wand casting it all into a reality. It is like chasing something you are unsure of. You put all your energy, time and sweat into a goal you are unsure of. This is one of the most complex life aspects. We are all in the same boat trying to keep up with the flow.
Hunter S Thompson’s 1958 letter to his friends about finding meaning in life captures all these uncertainties. Sixty years later, it still continues to inspire and guide. The letter speaks to every one of us at a certain life stage. Thompson wrote the letter at the age of 22. He was not yet a profound journalist he became later, but it is the most meaningful and profound written piece that answers a myriad of life questions.
He iterates that when one asks another for advice on finding meaning in life, this advice is merely perception of the one who gives it out. There is no ‘right’ direction as a blessing for one might be a disaster for another. Each one reflects on their life from their own perspective.
“If I were to attempt to give you specific advice it will be too much like the blind leading the blind”
“To be or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles…” (Shakespeare)
He clearly reflects on this question, to ‘go with the flow’ or aim to swim in the direction of a goal. This is a choice that needs to be made by every soul, at a conscious or unconscious level. A few actually grasp this. The decisions you make direct your destiny. Everything is a choice. Directly or indirectly.
No one should procrastinate choosing. Why? If you do so, circumstances will make a choice for you.
You can go with the flow, accept everything as it is, or strive towards your vision. Finding meaning in life is not about looking for a specific goal. That is a fruitless path. It is about seeking a life path that is the right one for you. Decide on the way you desire to live and do all you can to create that life. Only you can define what pathway is best for you and make choices in that direction.
That being said, everything is possible, once you strive towards it.
Here is the full text of the letter by Hunter S. Thompson:
By Nena T.