I once heard a philosopher remark that he believed all college applicants ought to write a paper on what is their idea of heaven. His proposal was not based upon one’s religious beliefs about a place they would go after death; rather, that the question be posed for people to gain insight into how they really wanted to spend their life and how they wanted to work for impacting the world we inhabit now.
When I have asked college students what they are studying and why they have chosen a particular “career path”, it is more common than not that the motivations of one’s education for many is how much money they can earn by doing something.
The problem is that if we say earning money is the most important thing to us, we will spend our lives in pursuit of financial gain, and all other interests or things we really enjoy doing become secondary or “hobby” activities.
However, it is difficult to really excel in a craft or skill that is confined to our spare time. If we really love what we do, we’ll devote ourselves to it and can become a master of our craft and be enabled to make our living through spending our life doing what we enjoy.
What would do if you were completely free to do what you really like, what you’re deeply interested in? What would you do if you had all of the resources you needed to do whatever you could? Would you work to house everyone who is without a roof to sleep beneath? Would you work to provide access to clean water to the nearly 1 billion people who currently our most vitally required resource of life?
What would you do if you could do anything? How would you spend your time?