Here are three key nuggets of advice that you can keep in mind as you decipher the pursuit in your own life:
- Not having a pursuit is not an option: The truth is we will always be chasing one thing or the other. We all are wired to pursue something. And this will go on until the time you’re buried or turned into ashes. In his book The Happiness of Pursuit, Chris Guillebeau writes, “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.” No one truly ‘retires’ and those who think they do actually drink a slow poison everyday that takes them to their grave sooner. It’s well established that purpose-driven people who eventually retire die shortly after; the reason is that they lose their enthusiasm and zest for life — their life-force — and hence end up retiring from their life as well.
- Be conscious of what you pursue: Pick the right pursuit. Choose what you pursue carefully, make sure that it reflects your core internal values and gives you a life that brings you joy and the success and lifestyle that you truly want to embody. Choose something that you’ll really enjoy pursuing every single day because it’s about the joy of the pursuit and not the destination.
- Pursue for the right reasons: Are you driven by motivation that is intrinsic or extrinsic? There’s no point in pursuing for external rewards. The pursuit is the reward in itself. Pursue for your own personal expansion and with a goal to become a better version of yourself. When you stop pursuing perennial growth and self-improvement, and elevating and expanding your human spirit and stretching it to its true potential, and instead choose to slow down or worse retire so that you can lie on a beach or watch Netflix for countless hours, you communicate to the Universe the lack of pursuit in your life and basically invite death to your doorstep. As Aleister Crowley explains, “The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.”