When you were little and you were asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, did you imagine all of the possible lives you could have lived?
Doctor. Author. Lawyer. Hairstylist. Scientist. Accountant. Clothing Designer. Architect.
I always felt that I was expected to choose. That I would eventually commit myself to one sole profession and that is how I would identify myself. I would be a doctor OR I would be a clothing designer.
This weekend Benjamin Franklin reminded me that having a title doesn’t restrict me to that small area of work, because people are capable of taking on more than one title. Once again, I began thinking of all the things that I might be capable of doing.
Of course, I haven’t jumped into any exciting new projects or written any ideas that might change the world. Instead, I spent last night pondering over the selfish thought that the world is mine to change.
Your World: A philosophical thought experiment.
You are your neighbor, your teacher and your student, your doctor and your patient, your president and your advisors. You are society. You are the whole world.
If you were living in a world filled with only ‘you’ what kind of world would that be?
Would it be a kind world? Empathetic and understanding? Supportive? Cold and unforgiving?
What about a productive world? Would all of YOU have enough to eat? Would all of YOU survive the next winter? Would you be inventing new ways to make all of YOUR lives better? Would the roads be maintained? Would the buildings keep rising?
I can’t say what my world would look like, but I can tell you that I’m tired of complaining about what it doesn’t look like.
I complain about inconveniences and expect other people to come up with solutions. I complain about having nothing to do, when there is much much more than to be done than what I could ever be capable of doing. I complain about society, but I am part of that society. This world is mind. This community is mine. This life is mine. It’s time I take ownership.