I’ve been thinking a lot this week (and many other weeks) about what I want to do with my life. That’s quite a big question, so I’ve been digging around on the internet to find alternative ways of framing it.
The first is that all our (personal) problems in life can be split into these 4 categories:
- Physical Health
- Mental Health / wellbeing
Once we’ve defined these areas, we can figure out which of them we might be unhappy with our position in, and we can then work out ways to actively improve it. I’ve been significantly over-indexing on the Money and Mental wellbeing stuff over the past few years, with a lot less effort paid to my physical health and (particularly romantic) relationships. I know that needs to change if I’m optimising for a healthy, happy, balanced life.
The second is a quote about what makes an ideal life:
“The ideal life would be one where you had a hobby that as a byproduct made you money, you had a hobby that as a byproduct kept you healthy, you had a hobby that as a byproduct made you smarter and more creative”.
For me, YouTube is a hobby that as a byproduct makes me money. Pre-lockdown, I used to gym somewhat regularly (and play squash and tennis too) which kept me healthy. But a hobby that makes me smarter and more creative… I suppose ‘reading’ and ‘writing’ comes into it, but this is an area I’ve also been short-changing over the past few years.
In thinking about these two ideas over the past week, I’ve gotten some level of clarity about what I want my ideal life to look like, and how I can change what I’m doing to get closer to that ideal. Hopefully it’ll be somewhat helpful for you as well.
Have a great week!