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Jun 20, 2019 21:59:00

Re: Meaning of Life...and turning 40

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Jason Leow

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Parent post: Meaning of Life

@basilesamel said "I came to the conclusion "know thyself" is both the way to live and the meaning of life. The how and the why." This is so true, so well said. I really like that the most important things in life, or life itself, have this weird, ironic, counter-intuitive dynamic to it.


Where the process is the outcome; 

the journey is the destination;

the medium is the message;

the question is the answer;

the means justify the ends.


I just turned 40, and this ironic truth couldn't be more true. Every time I thought I knew myself, it slips away. Because if "know thyself" is a way to live, a journey than a destination, a process constantly unfolding instead of done, your knowledge about yourself at that moment is at best, a working hypothesis. It is liable to change when new information emerges. Things I was so sure about when I was 30, are now bullshit at 40. 


Like my career path. I thought I found it in my 30s. I thought for the rest of my life, I will dedicate my life to pursuing social good, in some form or another. It started out being in the non-profit sector. Then, I went into government. Now, I'm no longer so sure this is the path. Other things call out to me now - craftsmanship, travel, family, coding. Perhaps there IS no path. The path is just walking, and adapting to life as it unfolds. There's no destination, just journey after journey.  That career path in my 30s was someone else's journey which looked really compelling and attractive to me at that time, when I'm more idealistic and energetic, wanting to change the world. Perhaps too much. Now the idealism is better complemented by groundedness and a realistic sense of the nature of the world. Best of all, that idealism now is complemented by a desire for play. A friend told me after 40 is where the real fun begins - and I can't wait!  

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    @jasonleow I believe that we don't all have a path. Those that do are single-minded and focussed people, others like me just drift and take things as they come. Serendipity can sometimes work well. However, it can also leave you feeling lost, like there is no destination, especially as you get older. Perhaps the trick is to embrace that "there is no path" and see where it leads you. Just don't stop walking or learning on the way.

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Jun 20, 2019 18:34:31
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      @twizzle exactly

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 21, 2019 20:12:53
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    @jasonleow CONGRATULATIONS!
    <<the journey is the destination>> that's such a great take on this! I LOVE THAT!!!
    and... it is indeed!

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jun 20, 2019 19:32:43
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      @lucjah thanks!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 21, 2019 20:12:18
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    @jasonleow Welcome to the 40 club. So far so good and the wheels haven't fallen off yet ;)

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 20, 2019 07:27:57
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      @brandonwilson thanks! Haha good to know

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 20, 2019 23:15:10
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    @jasonleow Love your post. I would love to read more about your journey and where you'd like to head to!

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 20, 2019 16:17:04
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      @basilesamel thanks! Will be happy to share. Still unfolding as we speak, and at best, a working hypothesis for the next 5-10 years?? 🤣

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 20, 2019 22:20:17
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