Do Whatever You Want

By Tiani Dun

Film: Ayla Woolley in Belgian Gardens

Life is weird to think about sometimes.

All the struggles, all of our hardships, the stress of work, studying, phone bills, $400 seatbelt fines, and what’s the point? What’s it all for?

I’m here to tell you that it’s all for nothing. Scientists and philosophers have debated about it for centuries, and most have come to the general consensus that there’s absolutely no point in life, whatsoever.

People may provide you with the illusion that life is meant to be filled with purposeful, meaningful work. And it’s certainly true that work in the service of others will make you feel as though you have a purpose.

But in reality, everything we ever do will eventually be forgotten or destroyed. The difference between the beginning of your life and the end will likely be engraved on a slab of stone as a single dashed line.

“–“ will be all that remains of your story once you pass onto your next life. And this notion, while harsh for some to contemplate, is liberating for others.

Think about it. Nothing that you can or will do will have very much significance, in the grand scheme of things that is.

I mean, perhaps your family will remember you for some time to come. Perhaps, if you are exceptionally significant, then other humans will remember you for some centuries even. But eventually, the earth will collapse in supernova and the human race will go extinct, so nothing we ever do will ever really matter, anyway.

Therefore, in logical succession I come to the conclusion that life is meant to be lived. If you look at your life now, and you’re not living it exactly how you’d like it to be, then why aren’t you doing something about it?

Why not do whatever the hell you want?

Now, I’m not advising you to go and rob a bank, or take revenge on your ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. In fact, you may not have to do anything at all. But if you’re currently feeling down or stuck, then I am encouraging you to do a self-audit. Ask yourself – what skillset do I use when I am feeling most inspired? Follow what feels good and have the courage to take action for your life.

Film: Ayla Woolley at Rowes Bay

If you aren’t living your life, then live it. If you don’t like something, then change it. Be a little selfish, and make decisions based on whatever you want to do. We live in a time when we all have the power to live in the most extraordinary way that we deserve.

So go out and enjoy your time while you have it. Enjoy the warm sunshine outside, the smell of the flowers on your street and the breeze in your face the next time you’re out for a walk.

Enjoy the view from the hill and the stars at night. (When stargazing, you can expect to see a shooting star every 10-15 minutes).

Enjoy the perfect moments and the imperfect ones too. If you feel sad, experience it, let it consume you, and know that it too, shall pass. 

Enjoy your meaningless, fruitless, and completely pointless life. You might not live for very much longer, anyway.

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