This abridged version of David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water, his commencement address originally given to the graduating class of Kenyon College in 2005, makes you question; Is stress the reflection of ignorance?
One of the best short videos I’ve seen recently. I spoke last week about how I was living the rat race in NYC because I “was supposed to” and was absolutely miserable because of it.
I was doing a reverse 2-hour commute in NYC each way. Although I was getting a great paycheck, by the time I got home I was exhausted, pissed off, and lifeless. Then I got laid off, focused all my energy on ‘ForOrchestra’ while on unemployment, sold my car, bought a bike, got in shape, left NYC the following year, and became the happiest person in the world.
I analyzed my past thinking “what were the most inefficient and horrible times of my day?”:
1.) The 4 hours worth of daily commutes
2.) My extra baggage (personal clutter, my car and the bottomless whole of expenses that were the result of it, etc.)
3.) Although I was working in the music industry, I wasn’t tackling my dream of writing orchestra music.
So I make less money now, but I have so much more time since I work at home instead of yelling in my car. Sandwiches cost $4 instead of $9. I have no more debt after minimizing and downsizing my life. And most importantly, I’m more understanding and reflective of what people go through now and to put myself in their shoes before I judge or react to something.
This video is self-reflective for me, but it also may help a lot of people to change their lifestyle and put them on a road to happiness. Life is too short, and that’s why happiness is always the best road to seek.