What do you desire?


What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situaion would you like? 

Let’s suppose — I do this often in vocational guidance of students. They come to me and say,

“Well, uh, we’re getting out of college, and we haven’t the faintest idea of what we want to do. “

So I always ask the question, “What would you like to do if money were no object? 
How would you really enjoy spending your life? “

Well, it’s so amazing. As a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say,

“Well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to bewriters. 
But as everybody knows you can’t earn anymoney that way. “

Or another person says, “I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses. “

I said, “Do you want to teach at a riding school? Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do? “

When we finally got down to something which the individual says he really wants to do. I will say to him,

“you do that, and forget the money. Because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing,
 you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You will be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on
living that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing.Which is STUPID! Better to have a short life 
that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. “

And after all, if you do really like what your’e doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually become amaster of it. 

It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. 
So don’t worry too much. Somebody’s interested in everything. And anything you can be interested in, you’ll find others whoare. 

But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing thingsyou don’t like in order to go on doing things you don’t like

and to teach your children to follow in the same track.See, what we’re doing is we’re bringing up children, and educating 
them to live the same sort of lives we’re livingin order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life
 by bringing up their children to bring up ,their children to do the same thing. It’s all wretch and novomit. It never gets there! 
And so therefore it’s so important to consider this question. “What do I desire? “
 
Alan Watts
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2 thoughts on “What do you desire?

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