As I navigate through my early-20’s, I often find myself dissecting — or at least, trying to — the canny mind of the late Steve Jobs. What were his inspirations? What made him tick?
Truly a wizard of our time, Jobs once posed the question of, “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?” Simple in context, yet provocatively knotty in nature, it is a fair query that raises more — are you living your life for you?
Far too often I encounter young individuals — myself included — who are doing what society has forced upon them. Whether it’s going to college (and studying a subject you have zero interest in) or your “chosen” career path, the reality is that many, in fact, have not chosen their path; yet simply continued down the one society bestowed upon them.
So why do we do it? Why do we waste this earthly time we’re allotted?
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs
Live for you.