As most motivational pundits intimate, the pinnacle of satisfaction in life is reaching self-actualization. When one becomes aware of what it is they desire to attain in life and how they can obtain it, they become predisposed to achieving it. The value of life is never so much the quality of life one leads as it is the sense of purpose a person exhibits. The concept of living is complex and majorly philosophical. It is a never-ending process that is marked with a continuous desire to improve one’s self.
Most people wrongfully believe that the value of their life is pegged on the material possessions they own or their social and political standing in society. They misconstrue a good life as that which has abundance and has no tangible wants. As such, they pursue these interests and fail to invest in things of actual importance. It is only later that they realize how void their life is. Sadly, it is often too late to reclaim the lost opportunities. To fully realize the real value of life, one has to ask themselves one’s question; what do they really desire to achieve in life?”
Traditionally, people have failed to understand their eternal desires. They misrepresent it to mean the platonic interests they hope to achieve. Very wrongfully, they set out to pursue them, never mind the lack of purpose such an adventure characterizes. Personally, I believe the true value of life lies in the pursuit one’s desire purpose and finding pleasure in the process. It is characterized by choosing to lead a life of promise and hope. Realizing the true value of life requires the progressive modifying one’s approach to circumstances to fit an image that is consistent with the stature he or she adores. It is not attained but rather pursued. There is no ultimate state of reality for the value of life and those who wish to achieve it must understand this.
The value of life is characterized by the inbred desire to not only improve one’s self but others as well. It is a state of invention and discovery of new concepts for the world’s greater good. Therefore, it involves the motivation to share and to delight in assisting others find value in it even when there is no incentive for them. It is the peak of satisfaction with what a person is. One must always stay motivated and hungry. They must not be contented with what they have but rather what they can achieve. They must continually be on the prowl and look out for new opportunities and how they can create some with what they have.
Apple Inc.’s former CEO and co-founder appear to share this perspective. In his 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address dubbed “How to Live Before You Die”, Jobs advices that to realize the true value of life, one must stay hungry and foolish (Jobs n.p). They must recognize their infancy as far as realizing their true value goes. They must understand they have no limit to their potential and can achieve what they set out to however unlikely it may appears. Jobs notes that it is a process that calls for sacrifice and investment and they one must be prepared to leverage their strengths to attain it.
The true value of life lies in the overcoming of life’s most crippling challenges. Many people choose to perceive challenges as pestilences set on their path to curtail their momentum or punish them for their transgressions. This cannot be further from the truth. Challenges exist to provide a threshold to a person’s growth. They mark the end of a simpler phase to a more perplexing one. They invite a person’s dedication and vigor to a person’s quest. Challenges improve the quality of a person’s input by eliminating all feelings of rest or contentment in their progress, hence refine the individual. Renowned computer engineering professor, Dr. Randy Pausch agrees. In his last lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” the professor defines impediments as a critical step in the realization of a greater quality of life.
“remember, the brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. … [H]ave something to bring to the table, … because that will make you more welcome (Pausch)”
The consequence of not realizing one’s true value in life is often insurmountable. As pundits note, a person is often confronted by the ghosts of what they did not do. The ghosts of all the dreams, ambitions, and ideas they had confront them. They beg to know why they were not implemented yet they came only to the individual. A person is often filled with regret and wishes they would do something about it but time and chance would not allow. As Hamlet observes, once a person is dead, only the bad dreams confront them.