“In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.”
– Georg Cantor
During my school life I had quite an attraction to mathematics and enjoyed the feeling of solving a problem. It is a shame that my interest extended only as far as the final bell of each school day, because had my interest in life been developed back then, I may have taken it much further.
Nevertheless, what mathematics taught me, was in its formulas. If you had the right formula for a given question, you could plug in all of the known information and calculate the answer. You can also use a given answer, to create your own formula based on what question is asked.
A tried and tested formula
As we grow up and begin our journey through life, there is a subtle yet convincing formula assigned to us. This formula yields a similar answer for everyone in modern society. It goes something like, go to school, get a trade or go to University/TAFE, get a job that allows you to support debt payments for all the things we are told to purchase, stay at this job for 40+ years in a continual seeking of more money and things to replace living happily, enjoy 1 overseas trip that you will remember for your lifetime (because it is unlikely you will have money to do it again), retire at 60 or 70 and pray you have enough money to finally enjoy yourself while dodging old age diseases. The answer to this formula is usually a mild enjoyment of life and a lot of time spent on pursuits to numb your experience.
I still find it jaw dropping how many people accept this formula to their life. And equally mind blown at the blind promotion of this lifestyle by almost everybody around us.
Create your own formula
I want a different formula. A formula that creates a new answer.
I have envisioned my personally designed answer to life many times over. The answer I want is clear and I know how I want my life to look, but my greatest challenge lies in finding the formula that calculates my answer. This takes creativity and a lot of trial and error. There are unique people in history who have created their own formulas for life, and these are the people I choose to model. However I can’t just take their formula and adapt it to mine, because I have learned that my answer will differ slightly to theirs (As everyone who has ever asked the question will discover, we are all unique and will envision a life different to all others if we are true to our own nature). Thus needing a slightly different formula. Currently my formula is taking the shape of intentional daily habits that contribute to my overall vision (answer).
And in true mathematical prowess, I am committed to discovering my unique formula to complete my life’s equation. When I do, i’m sure the satisfaction of solving this problem will triumph any other that I have previously solved.
Have you ever thought about creating your life true to your own nature? What has been your journey?