Invent Your Own Life’s Meaning (Bill Watterson Quote)

Invent Your Own Life’s Meaning (Bill Watterson Quote)


“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.”

by Bill Watterson, the author of the beloved Calvin & Hobbes comic strip

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

1 Comment

  1. Sue Krevitt 2 years ago

    “Soul has infinite resources to bless…” (Mary Baker Eddy)

    I appreciate your encouragement to look to Soul…the Soul of us all, in reality…
    to see how it is we reflect this Soul, this beautiful Spirit, in the truth of our being…
    The limited human mind is…simply…too limited in its concepts about Life…thus needs
    inspiring, lifting, enlightening, encouraging, guiding…. I thank you, Polly, for your role
    in doing just this.

    Getting out my watercolor paints!
    My poetry-pen!

    (Love the rocks-and-shells photos, too. Well, gee, just all of your blogs are terrif!)


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