Enjoy the Journey & Don’t Be Like Sally!
Music and Life – Alan Watts
“In music, one doesn’t make the end of the composition the point of the composition”
Stumbled upon this really great video posted this week over on the millionairemommynextdoor Blog. I think it so nicely encapsulates how one ought to enjoy the journey of life rather than focus on the supposed destination. It has been said that after climbing the tallest of mountains, it can be pretty damn lonely at the top. In medicine, which is ONE hell of a long road, you can easily find yourself wondering if it was all worth it when you come out on the other side. After years of being buried in medical tomes, abused by senior residents and attendings, and deprived of your sleep and time, you may just come out on the other side yelling, “I went through all THAT for THIS!!!” Don’t be like Linus and Sally who wasted their entire Halloween night out in the Pumpkin Patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin. While everyone else was out having fun trick and treating, they could’ve been as well. Here’s Sally flipping out after she finally realizes what a crock the pathway to becoming a doctor is-
As you can see, sometimes the endpoint doesn’t turn out exactly how one initially envisioned it to be. This is why it is so imperative that one spends their time on this earth pursuing something that they are passionate about and brings them joy rather than zooming from one goalpost to another in a field of misery. Your hours on this planet are a limited resource. Once they are spent, they can never be gotten back. I would personally rather spend those hours “dancing” than wishing them away or just plodding along and trying to just get by all to reach some nebulous end.