Aimless wanderings

Young minds are so much made for it — aimless wanderings! Guiding our everyday actions on the straight lines of aims can bring order to our lives. I’ve never much bothered with holding aims and goals as a guide for living. I thought whatever we do is implicitly so rational, that it couldn’t be otherwise that we did anything that had no purpose built into it. Planning careers and something as full and organic as life wasn’t my idea of living. The straight lines Yet, now in my thirties, I ought to know better. That aims, by acting as invisible straight lines to guide our actions, provide that crucial order to our internal life without which life would cease to have that solidity that it must possess. Aimless drifting, where one pleasure after another makes us whirl around, where one obstacle can make us flinch, can’t just be as sweet in the middle age as it is to the young. The strength of our life ultimately...
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