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Words to a great life

Taken and slightly modified, but I can’t remember from where!!!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

If you intend to go too many directions at once, You end up going nowhere.

It made me think about what I really truly own in my life. I have a computer, DVDs, pots, pans, clothes and all manner of things but do I really own them? Sure I bought them, but I can’t take them with me and they won’t last forever. They break, run out, or get lost. The more I grow to understand this the less attached to material things I become. The less I get upset when I loose them.

Things, like people come into our lives for as long as they are needed and then move on.

Sure it’s important to have a place to live, food to eat, books to read and clothes to wear but all these worldly things are transient.

There is only one thing that will always be with me. There is only one thing that will always be mine…

And that thing is Me.

This one singular real possession is the most important thing I’ll ever have and it’s the only thing I will truly own. I have a responsibility to keep it and nurture it always.

How much would I need to live? It’s an interesting question because everybody has a different answer.

How much is enough?

I have never been a consumer and I have never felt the need to collect possessions. I’ve never been one of those people who needs an Xbox, Playstation and a Wii. I own the cheapest Ipod and only 1 pair of sneakers. I have 2 pairs of jeans and 5 t-shirts. I buy my clothes from second hand stores and wear everything till it falls apart.

So many people get caught up in the consumer culture that has been forced upon us by greedy corporations whose advertising’s sole purpose is to make us feel incomplete and ugly so that we spend money on useless things we hope will make us feel better.

How much is enough?

2 men pull up at the traffic lights. One drives a Ferrari and has a huge house with a pool and tennis courts. He owns a boat and brand new golf clubs that have never been used, but he works late, has no kids and everything is bought on credit. The other drives an old station wagon with the kids in the back. He owns his modest house and his car and every Friday has a beer with his mates at the pub.

Who is more successful?

Some people would immediately come up with " I need $1000 a week… I could live on that" but what about pleasure and food for your soul?

How will you measure success when you look over your life? Will it be measured by how many cars and houses you own or will you measure it by how many people attend your funeral. Will you measure it by what you will leave behind or by what you took?

No, I don’t need much to live but what I want is a modest car, my own roof, enough to eat and lots of friends. That would be a great start.

Life is a journey with only one destination"

P.S. Photography is a great treasure to leave behind for future generations. Keep up the great work my Redbubble friends

Cheers Scott W Westlake

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