I like this weeks prompt for I Must Confess. And it’s a simple one, too.
The Best Advice For Life
The best advice I was ever given was from my grade 11 & 12 legal studies teacher. I don’t know why we were on the topic, but one day my teacher said that on your death bed, you won’t be thinking about the hours you worked for your promotion, your salary, or anything like that. You will be thinking of your life and your loved ones.
Now, my teacher was fairly conservative, so I do think she meant “get married, have kids” rather than “make sure you do things in life that you agree with, travel, have fun, be weird”. But I also do believe that the get married, have kids was her version of it. I just took it to mean what I wanted it to mean.
I have had an interesting background of jobs. I’ve been attacked a bit for not having a stable job from strange people. Jobs are generally not important to me beyond having the money to pay for my life. It doesn’t mean I hate my job, it doesn’t mean I’ve had only unimportant jobs. I’ve had jobs I passionately believe in. But in the end, no matter what tasks I do to earn money, I earn the money for my life.
Legal studies was a life changing subject for me. Not because it made me go into law, or want to study law (the opposite, actually) but because it was the first subject in school that taught analysis, not sheer regurgitation of facts and figures. I believe that taking legal studies in year 11 & 12 was key to my success in studying and working in anthropology.
Do you believe we place a focus on the wrong things sometimes – like working longer hours rather than going home and enjoying our lives?