“It’s all a big nothing.”
The first time I heard that phrase, it was uttered by Livia Soprano on the HBO’s hit series “The Sopranos.”
And while at first glance it seems nihilistic or even depressing, That’s not how I see it at all.
On the contrary.
I find it freeing.
100 years from now, most of us will be forgotten. Sure, there’s some celebrities and politicians that might be immortalized for their deeds. There may be some artists who are remembered for their great works.
I’d like to think Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” will still be captivating people. There’s a bunch of music and film that will probably endure.
But, for the most part, we’ll all be forgotten.
So, let’s try to see the power and freedom in that.
We don’t have to do anything on someone else’s time frame.
Not buy a house, or procreate, or cut our hair.
It doesn’t matter when we learn to drive, or when we finish school, or when we get married.
It doesn’t even matter whether or not we do those things at all.
Life doesn’t have to be lived in a hurry. So slow down and hang out with your dog or whatever. Drink coffee with someone special. Explore your existence and read something cool.
Play sports. Take walks.
Make art. Make out.
Life doesn’t have to be lived like it’s a race to the grave; checking the boxes as we go.
And not in 100 years.
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