Ever thought of what you’ve accomplished in your lifetime?
I mean people of my generation have been alive for the past 23-22 years. That is near two and a half decades. Have any of them ever question themselves on what they have achieved since the second they seen the light through their mother’s womb?
Achieving anything could be layered in categories and hierarchies of importance, of course. Some things may matter to some or not, and vice versa. Setting your own levels of importance and lists of priorities is obviously dependent on your situation and place in society. It is extremely hard to never be influenced by the society that you live in and just make up your own priorities. The levels of importance are directly derived from the very social structure that you live in. Because without the knowledge that is received from the social structure and the outside world, no one can really move up the social hierarchy.
What is meant by social hierarchy is to be a part of a certain level in society. Which is based on your income, occupation, role in society, wealth, any political connections, etc.
If you happened to be a hermit, or a caveman/cavewoman, or someone that literally has no connection with the outside world, you wouldn’t care to even think how much money should be gained, how much books they should read or even how generous they should be. They are blocked from any socialization, therefore there is no need to compare the self to anything else. Therefore, no need to set priorities other than how to be alive and that is it.
Back to priorities. Since it is inevitable to have society influencing you, at some point you will start to prioritize life and realize that you should have a better life than the one that you are currently in. Obviously “having a better life” can vary in different ways. Some of us are born within a wealthy family, doesn’t have to work a day in their lives which means that they have everything they need; from finest of foods to the finest of schools. And some are the opposite. Born within a financially struggling family that worked hard for everything that is ever earned.
Before i keep on babbling and steering away from the point, no matter what your levels of importance and priorities may be. No matter what you consider bad, good, evil, ugly, foe, ally, harmful, beneficial; just make sure that what you do is done genuinely for you and/or your family. No need to impress the ones you call friends or close friends or class mates.
Alot of people strive to finish education, fighting for the best jobs, buying the next cars and houses solely for the image that they want to project to the watcher. I mean, who really cares? You may care, but what benefit will it really have for you? an Ego boost and a bunch of respects because you own a 150K car ? Maybe so. But other than that, nothing else really matters.
I should add a quote by Master Lao Tzu: “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” And another by Will Rogers: “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”
To find a balance between setting your priorities without being too into how society will perceive you is key. Not to be a secluded hermit, nor a flashing, bragging individual. Know your limits, know your needs, set a plan with priorities and execute them efficiently. Getting yourself another job, a better car that runs on less gas, a higher education, higher grades, better life for yourself and your family, a better house, a guaranteed peace of mind for your family or yourself, whatever the goals may be; just make sure you are achieving them for yourself without harming anyone so you can be more satisfied with yourself by the most enjoyable way. No one likes to be pressured.
Those who may know me understand what i’ve been through, where i was and where i currently am. I do not feel the need to list my accomplishments according to the North American and Middle Eastern society. By the grace of God i’ve gone through hell and came out. I really am thankful of all the hardships that were laid upon me. Without them i wouldn’t appreciate what i have now.
Now if you read this, ask yourself: What have i accomplished within my lifetime?