I was in my fifties when I first realized that there was something important I wanted to say. It was something I'd learned about life and I wanted to make sure my children knew it so that they wouldn't have to learn it for themselves. It was something I wanted to pass on to every young person so that they would know it too. I felt a strong desire to share my knowledge with the world.
The only problem was that I didn't know what that knowledge was.
I know that sounds odd, but there it was. I could feel the need, the words were on the tip of my tongue, but I couldn't find them. I was aphasic on this subject.
The nagging desire to communicate stayed with me. I rationalized that it was just an internal desire for immortality, that I wanted to be remembered, that there was really nothing there but that vague ache. But it stayed with me.
Today I happened to make a comment at The Deep Friar's How to be a Nouveau-Riche Yuppie. I said:
As I pressed "Submit", I suddenly realized that this was it. This was exactly what I wanted to say, what I wanted to pass on to my children and everyone else. Nothing all that profound, and plenty of other people have certainly said it before and said it better, but there it is. That's what I wanted to say.
I'm going to file this under "Employment" because for me, self employment was and is a large part of my happiness. Running a business is a constant source of new goals - maybe more goals than I want sometimes, but it's never boring. It was also something I wanted early on; it was a dream, and dreams should be turned into goals.
So: be happy. Chase your dreams. That's all I have to offer to the world. It's not much, and yet it really is everything you need to know. Silly, right? But I had to say it.
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