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Thursday, 4 June 2015

AMBITION: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It’s a question that everyone heard multiple times in their childhood. The answers are usually fairly common, with doctors, lawyers and athletes all being named. However, not one person will ever say that when they grow up, they want to be happy. From a young age, children’s ambitions in life are to be successful rather than to enjoy life; a concept that is fundamentally flawed. What good is it to become an incredibly successful in your chosen field if you spend every free minute you have working, rather than enjoying life? Money is a currency where it’s only value is the one we assign it. Ultimately, no amount of money can be exchanged for happiness. Regardless of how rich and successful you are, a businessman worth billions is not guaranteed to be happier than someone who is unemployed. Likewise, money cannot be exchanged for longer to live. We only have a limited time on Earth, and the person constantly working to try and further his fortune is likely to miss out on the experiences and pleasures that life offers. Yes, a successful entrepreneur is more likely to have their legacy remembered than a shop worker; but that doesn’t matter. When I die, I’m not interested in other people knowing that I lived – I just want to know myself that I truly did.