You might not know this, but I’m a huge fan of musicals. I watched Glee when it first came out around 2009, I’ve dreamed of going to see broadway shows like Wicked.
Hell, when I listened to music (with lyrics), a lot of my music was from musicals.
But one particular musical I like is from a musical called RENT.
They actually have it out on DVD and the first song they sing is a song called Seasons of Love.
In it, they measure how many minutes, but also what those minutes actually mean.
In daylights, In sunsets, in midnights, or in cups of coffee?
For the general populace a lot of jump to the material possessions in our lives. We judge peoples’ statuses based on the house they have, the car that they drive and so on. However like I’ve said before, those things don’t necessarily mean what they mean.
A person can live in a big and nice house, however if they sleep all day that person may not have a worth while life.
Some one can have a nice car, but if it sits in the garage, it’s not a vehicle, it’s a life-sized toy car.
Much like our perception of millionaires, it’s distorted to the point it doesn’t make sense.
It’s misleading and can be quite dangerous.
In laughter and strife?
I feel this is along a more closer path. A life well lived is in the work that we all produce.
After all, we can have a lot of material things but we can filter that from reality.
In Canada, and certainly in the United States we have a lot of people who look rich but aren’t rich.
Many people are in massive debt all so they can live in a nice house and drive a recent year vehicle.
But also on top of that, many people live a life where they routinely go to work and do nothing more than that. The people who are stuck in a rut, experiencing nothing but strife.
However there are also those who are “rebellious” against that cycle. They are people like me.
They run a business. Or perhaps they do work for someone else, but do things outside of work. They understand the value of taking breaks, vacations, and spending time with other people.
They also understand that they need to work hard, to create value and find meaning in their life.
I feel in that case people are closer when they follow this path in life. To live a life with intention. It’s people who make a decision to leave something behind for people to search for.
This doesn’t have to be anything big. Even something small like an article, a short video, or even a book can make an impact.
But above all, I think the best way to measure a worth of a life is in love.
Or in memories.
One of the things with the musical RENT is they made a lot of memories. It was a group of people who by all stretches of the term, flat broke. They struggled to survive, struggled, but they had laughter.
But more importantly, they had memories. They made memories. All with people they loved and cared for.
Those who laugh and go through strife make memories for themselves. In the end it’s what makes a life worth while.
Some of these memories may be bad, but as I said before we can grow from past mistakes. We can move past them and redefine our lives with good memories with good people.
All it takes is to hustle more than before!