What Is The Purpose Of My Life? [Entry 16]

“If I don’t make money by the time I’m 30, I have failed my future. In fact, what then is the purpose of my life?”

That there, is the mindset of the typical 21st century youth; make it fast, make it big, make it now. It’s the aim and objective of such a mindset to achieve the perceived goal of success within a fixed time frame. 30 years of age being the commonest target. Is the make it fast, big and now mindset wrong?

Fast. We have been told right from primary school that the race is not for the swift especially based on stories of tortoise. We were told to uphold cunningness, termed wisdom, as a better approach to life. What is often overlooked is that tortoise was always in those races against naturally fast animals like the hare. Why then would we take tortoise’s cunning ability but discard the speed of the hare?

Big. Big is better. Eat big, dress big, celebrate big, be it a graduation or a burial, but we cringe at our youths thinking big. How odd! The things we consider right to be done ‘big’ all stem from the ability of some individuals to think and act big. If the cook doesn’t think big enough, the delicacy would not qualify as big. If the student did not think and act big enough to scale through school, the graduation would not qualify as big. If the life being celebrated at a burial did not think big, such a life would not qualify to be celebrated big. Why then should the youths not think big?

Now. Don’t live for the now; the admonition of the sages. We are told to invest in the future, to channel our time, energy and resources to making the future better. It is called investing in the future. Laudable but still flawed. No man lives for the future because the future is uncertain. We do not live for uncertainties. The only certainty within our grasp is now. Merely equal to a microsecond. The moment after now, may not be ours to live. Why then should making it now seem a taboo?

Maybe generalizing 30 years of age as the target is the misconception. However, no one should condemn any youth for wanting to make it fast like the hare, make it big as we make our celebrations and certain meals and make it now, considering the only certainty we possess.

Next time you come across a youth with the mindset of the above opening sentence, wish him nothing else but the best.

 

This article was written by Eunice Oladeji; connect with her on IG here

113 thoughts on “What Is The Purpose Of My Life? [Entry 16]

    1. It is definitely good to set goals and have targets. What would be unfair is generalising such goals to every other person.Thank you for your comment ma’am.

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  1. When I saw how it started with the whole mindset thing, I was like, “chai, another pep talk”, but then you turned it around. Well done, I totally agree with you. It’s very okay to want to be successful as early as can be. Life’s too short.

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  2. Very nice Mama Euniché! As usual, questioning what has always seemed to be he norm in a creative manner, but not completely discarding it. Bravo!

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    1. Roseben, everything has to be analysed from different views as often as possible. Else, staleness comes in. Thank you for believing in me.

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    1. Thank you. Young people have been fed the wrong idea for long and many have stopped speaking about this particular one. It doesn’t mean they don’t follow it still. Glad you stopped by.

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  3. Very Interesting read. the truth is the time limit/age limit cap we place on it is the only issue but in all sincerity, every individual with a good sense of self-esteem should want to make it fast, big and now,

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    1. Hmmm… Self-esteem. I like that and I agree. Society attempts to beat down on the self-esteem of young ones who have the mindset we’re talking about, tagging them proud and in over their heads. It’s about time we make things right. Thank you so much.

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  4. Aburo on point…

    What I call writing your own narrative… The patient dog eating the fattest bone right? I’d rather be smart and skillful so I get to eat of the flesh and then snack on the bone if I choose…

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    1. I mean!!! Why aim for just the bone when you can have both flesh and bone with a bowl of water?😂😂😂 It’s in waiting for bones that many find themselves starving. Thanks egbon mi.

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