Many years ago, I read something somewhere that asked us to imagine how our obituary would read if we had died then and there. How would you like to be remembered?
I have some idea, but more importantly, I know how I DO NOT want to be remembered:
“Noch lived 29 years, grew up in Hong Kong and Australia, received some of the best education, got a good job and travelled around the world. She worked diligently around 10-12 hours a day for about 7 years. She spent her time in a big company as an executive, good training, good pay, good exposure and good experience, yet always wondered whom she was really helping, and why she was always on the periphery of action. She worked hard and had a good reputation but she was not indispensable. She had many friends. Life wasn’t bad. She had her holidays here and there, and put some hours in for charity work. She married, had kids, bought a house and had a dog. Rest in peace.”
Banal. Stressful. Monotonous – but that’s just me.
So write your own obituary, and live the life you want – not the one you think you “have to”.