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What Do You Want In Life?


How about I start this column with a simple question: “What do you want most in life?”

If you don’t know what you want in life, you’re going to have a really tough time finding it. It’s the equivalent of an Easter egg hunt with no Easter eggs.

Some of the answers to the above question lies attached to what you think you deserve. (I’m not talking about an inner-city intellect here where you think you deserve everything). I’m speaking of the faith and the confidence that abides within you, and the willingness to achieve. If you take these elements and combine them with sensible goals, this will put you headed in the right direction on The Yellow Brick Road of life.

Most importantly you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone – you’re not a tree – you can’t grow standing still. Free yourself and become a hawk.

One of the things everyone wants is a lover or a friend. If you’re really lucky you get both in one package – someone to tell your story to at the end of the day, and someone to drink the other half of the bottle of wine – so you don’t. But don’t ever forget that a relationship is a work in progress. It requires constant mutual attention.

And we need to remember there’s a price that comes with everything that we want. Generally, the value of what you want is commensurate with the work it takes to get it – unless you win the lottery. And it’s okay to play the lottery – but it’s not okay to expect to win.

The way I figure it, only about 20 percent of the people in America actually know what they want. The rest are drifting, clutching at the flotsam and jetsam around them in the river of life. It’s a rare achievement to actually be certain of your direction, but it’s not impossible. The nice thing about life is that it’s full of opportunities and surprises. Who knows – you might just reach out and catch the right piece of flotsam.

What I’m saying here is: Don’t expect a miracle – but don’t give up on the idea.

In the end, you’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got. Everything in your life at this moment is a reflection of what you have wanted, and how much effort you have exerted to achieve it. Look in the mirror of life and ask yourself: Am I a happy hawk, or am I just a tree?

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