I will catalogue some of the questions that I try to ask myself at least every week. This is for my own purposes but hopefully you may take something from it too.
To start the day :
What is one thing that I can do to make myself happier today? (Meditation, give myself more free time, read and learn, talk with people I love…)
What is one act that I shouldn’t do today that I did yesterday? (I shouldn’t have went down the YouTube rabbit hole yesterday after lunch…)
Did I have enough free time yesterday? If not, what can I do? (Put a price-tag on my free time, be a bit more selfish, stop doing things that are not really essential)
What lies did I tell Yesterday? This can be all kinds of lies, lies you tell yourself (anyone will care whether my blogpost yesterday was shit) or lies you tell others
What emotions have taken control of me Yesterday, and what shall I do today to stop that? (I got angry at someone/something, I was envious of other’s progress, I was sad about things that are not in my control…)
General Questions to ponder on :
What are my plans for the future? and Is it really what I want for myself, or what I, and others, expect of me?
Have I been giving myself enough autonomy? Have I been learning?
Knowing that I am going to die (statistically) at the age of 75, and really ponder on it for a few minutes, What will I do with my life? How can I not waste this miracle of an experience?
I’ll end with a passage from A Short History of Nearly Everything, which unsettled me in a strange kind of way when I first encountered it :
Even a long human life adds up to only about 650,000 hours. And when the modest milestone flashes past, or at some other point thereabouts, for reasons unknown your atoms will shut you down, silently disassemble, and go off to be other things. And that’s it for you.
Still, you may rejoice that it happens at all… There needn’t actually be a universe at all. For the longest time there wasn’t. There were no atoms and no universe for them to float about in. There was nothing – nothing at all anywhere.
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