There’s this quote by Jim Carrey
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
Then what is the answer? A decent amount of celebrities have said things similar. Once you reach that one goal, then you’re only going to move on to the next goal and then the next goal and the next. That’s why people continue to win NBA Championships. Michael Jordan one three in a row. And he wasn’t satisfied with that so he had to come back and win three more again.
In my first post, I talked about my biggest accomplishments. Did any of those bring me happiness? Yes of course! But did any of those fulfill me? Clearly not because now I’m searching for the next big thing that will give me satisfaction.
Imagine if I won an Oscar. I walk on stage, kiss the presenter on the cheek, hold that statue, thank my people, then sit back down. Is that it? My life just returns to normal then. Yes I created the best movie in this certain category but that only stands for a year. And plus that’s just the opinion of The Academy. Am I really striving for the collected opinion of a bunch of old strangers? If I win, I’m sure I can go to sleep happy that night. But then what about the next night and the next and the next? Am I going to keep striving for some unattainable thing? objet a?
So when does it stop? Doesn’t hedonic adaptation say that we all we equate back to normal? How can we combat this? I think the best thing is to really stay in the moment. Every part of you, in the now, and not thinking about anything else. Being content and grateful with exactly where you are. This is so much easier said than done. But what do I know? I’m just some stranger on the Internet.