A Cookie-Cutter Life
If we are forced to live a moulded life, we must ensure we do that which makes us happy.
There are few things that drive us as humans more than reaching our individual goals and dreams. What these dreams are differs from person to person, but unfortunately most of these goals have an underlining common denominator- money. We are told at a very young age that our dreams must be something that can generate guaranteed income.
Living in the 21st century brings many opportunities and possibilities as being “different” has never been this fashionable. Looking from the outside in, it would seem like this world is a tolerant and accepting world where each person can be a unique individual, but upon closer inspection of our own lives we see this is not true.
Most of us, who are fortunate enough, are born into a family where we have parents who love us and whose sole concern is our happiness and safety. They nurture us, giving us everything we need and send us off to school. We are told that it is of the utmost importance that we receive a good education if we want to be happy in our adult life. Those of us who are lucky find something in school which makes us happy, whether it be a favourite subject or a sport. As teenagers, we realise that going with the flow is not always what we want and we rebel. We paint our nails black or wear unusual colour combinations; some rebel even more and pursue less than legal extracurricular activities. The same parents who nurtured us as children become the enemy as they simply do not seem to understand who we are or what we are going through. Their voices dim in our minds as we plough ahead like only a stubborn teenager can.
Closer to graduation we seem to sober up somewhat and realise that if we want to get out from under our parents’ roof we must do something in the line of generating income, and we ask ourselves the question: what do I want to do after school, who do I want to be?
Many of us go the usual route and choose careers in fields which most perceive as normal or even the better choice.
As this brings millions of people worldwide happiness and security, I cannot fault their decisions, but what about those individuals who snub the voice inside in pursuit of what some would call a viable future? Being millennials means we live in a time when being, what some would call different is widely accepted. In fact, there are many careers that have sprung up, thanks to our techno-age, which makes it easy for the weirdo to find his/her niche. But at the end of the day we are still forced to mould our lives around a career, a career which is obligatory and crucial for our survival. How much of our lives are lived because it makes us truly happy or because it enriches our lives, and how much time are we made to waste being stuck between four walls staring at a screen or trying to match figures?
It is, therefore, monumentally important for us to ensure we do the things in life which brings us happiness. If we are forced to live a moulded life, we must ensure we do that which makes us happy, whether it is climbing a mountain, saving lives or baking cookies. Nothing in your life is more important that your happiness and the happiness of those you love. Our time on this small blue planet is very short even if we get to live to an old age, so make the best of the time you have here.