The Secret of Life
I’ve been told the secret to a great life but I don’t believe it.
It’s this idea that all you need is one thing. One thing is all you need to pour your life into, to find your purpose, to light you up on nights and weekends–it’s one thing that you can really nerd out on. And sure, that makes sense. If you got really into surfing and it was your passion, you find ways to take lessons from it and live a better life. There are tons of parallels from surfing into every day life: waiting for your wave, committing to it once you’re too far in, everyone falls at the end you just have to learn to get back up and do it better next time. It’s easy to show the same thing when it comes to religion or children. That one thing that people get really into and live their lives for.
Truth be told, I don’t consider myself religious nor do I have children. But I don’t agree with that whole “one thing is the secret to a great life.”
I pride myself on being a well-rounded creative person. I look up to people like Jim Henson, Paul McCartney, Albert Einstein; people that are known for doing multiple things. Henson wrote, directed, performed, but also spent time as a teacher and a father. McCartney has painting besides music and Einstein was known to play a little tennis and go for bike rides.
See, creativity is all about making new connections. Metaphors are the lifeblood of creativity, says Twyla Tharp. It’s about making new connections and unlocking a greater truth. So while getting really into surfing might be the path to a great life because you understand more and because it gives you purpose, I think it’s more than that. It HAS to be getting into more than one thing. It might be having your surfing, but you gotta be interested in something else on the side to draw parallels and connections that will bring a new creative energy to your life and make it truly great.
Keep going: Derek Sivers, Meaning of Life