Do you we know our final destination? When will we stop running?
It was that one cold day evening, when I stood on the walkways on top of the large bus station in Bangalore, I thought about the purpose of life and the journey toward it for the first time. I saw many hundreds of people running in all direction, except me, the only one was standing still. The youngster, who was just out of his teenage but still had pimples on his face didn’t have the knowledge, experience and mental maturity to understand the journey called life at that time.
Recently I received this story on social media. I couldn’t have explained the life journey any better. Hence calling it out here with all the due credits to it’s originator;
A boat is docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village. A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
“Not very long.” they answered in unison.
“Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?”
The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.
“But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs.
We have a full life.”
The tourist interrupted,
“I am an MBA and I can help you!
You should start by fishing longer every day.
You can then sell the extra fish you catch.
With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”
“And after that?”
With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City , Los Angeles , or even New York City ! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”
“How long would that take?”
“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years.” replied the tourist.
“And after that?”
“Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the tourist, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”
“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the fishermen.
“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”
“With all due respect sir, but that’s exactly what we are doing now. So what’s the point wasting twenty-five years?” asked the Mexicans.
And the moral of this story is: Know where you’re going in life, you may already be there! Many times in life, money is not everything.
Many grownups wish to have a life like what they had in their childhood. Many times we are in search for what we gave away or even what we already have but do not recognize it.
Like the old saying goes, the journey is as important as its destination, it is important to know the purpose our life, to be in control of the life journey we want to take. If your purpose is to fish and be happy, and you are already doing it, maybe you are already met the purpose of your life. So, keep doing it until you find another purpose for your life.
“Live your life before life becomes lifeless”. What do you say?