Like many sheltered twenty-something year olds in Singapore, I have hardly anything to worry about in life. All my basic needs are well provided for, I’m living with my parents who can well provide for themselves and are in good health, I have a stable job that pays decently (especially considering the value of the “work” that I do), and I am healthy. But for me, life is much more than stability. Well, since I already have stability as a given, I feel that I should aim for something more. I’ve been thinking about the impermanence of life, and especially like this Dalai Lama quote which so aptly describes the senseless rat race in Singapore:
“What surprises me most is “Man”, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; The result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”
I don’t want to live a life like this. It is just too easy to remain in the comfortable bubble that I’ve created, or rather, Singapore has created for me. I’ve been thinking what my purpose or goal in life is, or at least, what I should be doing with my life to make me not want to run away from reality all the time. It sounds a little selfish, but my goal is to live a life with no regrets and to live one which makes me happy, regardless of what others say. As long as I am not breaking the law, of course.