Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes

Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, in a commencement speech to Kenyon College on pursuing what matters:

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.

To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.

(via Brain Pickings)

  • Ricard

    Great words. A truth that’s rarely mentioned…

  • Matthew

    It’s so rare to hear anything from or about Bill Waterson. It was great to come across this!

  • Irene

    I’m wondering if there is possibly a way for people who think job is not EVERYTHING to communicate with people who think the opposite on the subject. It must be upsetting if the former group of people are not understood by the latter.

  • Austin Jones Band

    I needed to hear that this week, thanks for the awesome post!

  • Casandrita

    I’ve always been amazed when I hear, “It’s just a job”, from those truly unhappy in their job / career choice. This ‘job’ consumes a 3rd of our adult life, of which another 3rd is normally spent sleeping. Its significance and impact should not be treated lightly as it affects our ability to enjoy and/or accomplish anything within the remaining 3rd.

    I hope that what I am seeing is people standing up for themselves and that the corporate phrase “work – life balance” will eventually have true meaning. I believe that this will only come about if we demand it and support nothing less 🙂

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