I recently listened to the Joe Rogan Experience #642 with Ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll. The discussed a myriad of topics each of which is worthy of it’s own blog. One part that really stuck out for me is where they talk about the bizarre concept that is ‘The Rat Race’
Joe Rogan can be a controversial guy but very often he speaks a lot of truth here. I resonated very strongly with Joe’s sentiments in this.
As he explains the Rat Race is you spending your time doing things you don’t want to do.
He goes on to explain that our time on Earth is short, this race is going to end and the disappointment that comes with not achieving the happiness we thought we had been promised by doing the right thing, working hard and retiring later. But this is not the case.
Rich elaborates ‘It’s the idea that you’re going to arrive at some point, or land in this destination that is called success or happiness’ which turns out to be an illusion. This leads Rich to consider the questions of ‘What does your life mean? What do you stand for? and what is your legacy?…If I die today what did I leave in my wake?’
Joe is not so concerned about legacy or what we leave behind; ‘The bottom line is, whatever you leave it’s not gonna matter, it’ll matter to some people you know, and they’re gonna leave too. Everyone’s gona’ leave.’
And here comes the kicker, what really matters he adds is ‘Are you enjoying this, are you enjoying the moment? Don’t work towards this ultimate point where you don’t do anything anymore, that’s ridiculous. What you should work towards is to enjoy what you are doing right now and enjoying your life right now.’
Be with the ones you love, do the things you want to do, go on those adventures, complete those creative project, ‘Life is the moment. Right now! That’s all there is.’
In life, as Joe explains we seem to have these milestones upon which we should deem our life a success or should impart happiness for having achieved them (high school graduation, college graduation, good job, marriage, children, etc). To this he says ‘They’re not real, they’re social constructs, we’ve created these social constructs, we’ve fed into them and passed them down from generation to generation without anyone stepping back and asking, who set this up? why is this way?’
His final remark is ‘We are just biological organisms trying to have has much happiness and good feelings while we’re here as we can.’
So after reading and listening to all that what should we take away or what can be done?
Get out there and get after it. Be with the ones you want to be with, spend time doing the things you want to do.
Live a life by design not by default. Live a life that has you jumping out of bed in the morning, not one that you have to drag yourself through with the only things to look forward to are your morning coffee or crashing down on the couch in the evening.
If you aren’t living your life consciously, feeling like your on a never ending treadmill, maybe it’s time to start making some changes in your life to take control. You have the power to do that.
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