What is Your End Game?
This is a question asked by someone I know in the offline world that is my daily face-to-face reality, which is a continuation of an observation I penned earlier today at LinkedIn
Sometimes a question opens the mind to thoughts that we get to dwell upon because they are best answered in a definitive way. At the time I was asked the question, my response was limited to the scope of the area where I was at that particular moment in time. This question could have been asked by a family member (and it has been) and just pass as another question in the course of days which throw up questions - and this is our collective day-to-day reality.
My response today to the question is that I am focused on an end goal but a way of life. This is however only partially valid, because having thought about it, I do have an end goal, which is to enjoy a good nights sleep and awake refreshed to a brand new day.
All the huffing and puffing of the world is captured well in the Book of Ecclesiastes :
Everything Is Meaningless
1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
3 What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?
4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north;
round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.
It is not as if at any time in my life that this question has been front and central or key determinant in the arise and making of my own personal life choices. I have made more personal choices in my life than professional choices, for the simple reason that I do not know what it is I want to do.
When I think back to when I was 25, I had no idea of what to do, even though I knew that our culture was driven by the question "What Do You Do?" Moreover, at 25 I did know what it is I wanted.
Here I am now at 55 and this question is not about what it is I have not done between 25 to 55, or what it is I will engage or do between 55 and 85. It is about NOW.
At 55 in the present moment, I have no real answer to the question
"What would you like to do?"
Maybe I cannot answer it because I like what I do here, which is to think out aloud and engage a way of life which is learning journey.
So when I still cannot answer the question "What do you want to do?", how am I possibly going to give a substantive professional answer to "What is your end game?"
If my end game is getting a good nights sleep and waking up to a brand new day, that is not limiting and do I need a caveat that goes with that?
I don't, yet our given lives do reside in a network of many intelligences - and our way of life is not an island of splendid isolation, even the work I primarily am inclined to pick does require isolation. The work we actually do or the thinking we engage online is a flow in the network of effects. I know that I do like the idea of emergence, but also know that emergence is the basis of the word "emergency". I like to explore uncertainty but my thoughts here a certainty.
I am glad the world wide web was not invented when I was 25, because I know at 25 my response to it would have vastly different and in the process of that network of connections I my life may have gone onward to a totally different trajectory. I cannot think that in any other direction or way, that way of life is as good as the life I experience today. So I welcome that blessing wholeheartedly and whether one calls this wisdom or waffle, it is my wisdom to live a life where the end game of my life is to have a good nights sleep and awake to a brand new day.