While I am sitting on my 20 hour bus trip from Buenos Aires to the Iguazu Falls (this was written on the 21th of April 2013), my mind wanders to a message I, by accident, read a couple of days ago. It stems from a very dear friend who I have known for many, many years, and who I highly respect. He’s a brilliant yet humble man, and who from time to time, I ask for advice.
One such time was during my quarter life crisis, perhaps at 24 or 25. I intent to live 100 years , and hence quarter life crisis is a legit term (Though many know after, for example, the Saigon-Broken-Jaw Incident: I am, in fact, immortal. True story).
I told him, let’s call him Mysterious-Ü, about the “So What?” and “Now What?” in life. He understood the questions. His response… For the longest time, we were drilled to do well in school, go to uni, get into that prestigious business school and grab the dreaded yet fancy management consulting job. But then what, so what? He went on about a book we both have read: “Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment” by George Leonard, and how much of life’s mission is about getting better, about never ending improvement, about being our best we can be, etc. etc. etc.
I highly recommend this book, by the way, and despite the fact I don’t disagree with what my dear friend wrote years ago, I love the recent response to the similar/ nonchalant question “What are we supposed to achieve again? Please remind me?” almost a decade later:
“We’re supposed to achieve, a lot of fun at work, work that actually makes an impact where its being done, a ton of money.
…And all the bitches. ALL.
Easy right? “
"And all the bitches. ALL" Lol.
Despite the fact, that I know it was only a semi-serious conversation, and if my friend was invited as keynote speaker to an important event, he probably would have crafted a different compositions of words, a slighly more polished tone, and perhaps some more sophisticated substantiation with more solid backing. Also his take on ladies and money are a lot more complex (so are mine by the way!).
But that’s the point…
As we grow older the complex things become a lot easier. When you ask a young man or woman about the meaning of life, it just get’s messy: a long answer.
Ask someone who’s been around the block, the answer might be as simple as “Love”.
And maybe that’s it: All the bitches. ALL. And of course he was only kidding, and so am I. First of all that term does not exist - only in movies. The right term is ladies :)
Hello Punch line (once again) where are thou? None.
A random line of thoughts, some truth in it, and my appreciation to a long term friendship (and long term friendship in general) that has made my day, just by contrasting the same question but a decade later. True story.
I really like Argentina so far. Looking forward to the Iguazu Falls.
Random Fact: The bus is amazing. I got 3 meals, whiskey, champagne, beer, sweets, snacks… etc. And I get to practice my terrible Spanish with my seat neighbour.