Today I’m gonna get philosophical.
Like we keep shouting – our mission is to help people live brighter, happier lives.
So what does that actually mean?
First of all, when we say live, we mean really LIVE. There’s too much unhappiness in our society – people breathing and eating, but really not living. People going through their whole lives with a kind of low grade depression, low self-esteem and anxiety that prevents them from ever doing what they really want to do.
I believe the system is responsible for that.
Think about it – we get our whole lives mapped out for us in our first few years of school – like our whole value is judged on how book-smart we are. It’s because the system hasn’t changed in 250 years since it was set-up to just create workers and bosses in the old industrial factory economy.
But that economy is dead now. The world has opened up and we have the potential to do almost anything if we can think beyond the constraints that the system put on us.
So when your teacher looked at you and said you were too wild or too dumb, they were overlooking everything about you apart from the one type of intelligence that the system values – your ability to repeat and remember.
But who needs that today – all the knowledge that was ever created is just a click away. What we need now is the unique human potential to be creative and think differently.
There are 9 different types of intelligence and many different styles of learning – but so many kids get written off in their few years of school because they’re being taught in words and numbers. But what if you think visually or kinetically? What if you’re a dreamer?
What if all your wildness or your laziness or your problems in school weren’t because there was something wrong with you, but because there was something wrong with how the system was teaching you?
Think back to your school days – a lot of the naughtiest kids had amazing creativity and energy, but they just weren’t interested in school. And now most of them are stuck in a dead end because the system never saw their potential.
What if we lost the ability to dream because we stopped believing in ourselves?
Imagine how awesome it would be to finally understand that YOU are not the problem . . . and now that you know what’s really going on, you can begin to fix it.
So what’s the answer?
What we should be learning in school is how to grow, how to influence, how to light ourselves and other people up. We should be learning how the world works, and how human psychology works, so we can get the best out of life.
It would make things so much better for everyone – and for the world.
So that’s our mission: to help people understand that so many of their limitations and inhibitions were pushed on them by a system that doesn’t work. To pick up the challenge where the system failed and teach people the skills they can use to light their lives up again.
The happiness formula
So what actually is happiness?
Sorry to say, there’s no easy fix – in-spite of a hundred million commercials trying to persuade you there is. Life just doesn’t work like that.
What we need as human beings is pretty simple – if we follow our passions and connect with people we love, we will find happiness. But wrapped up in those 2 simple facts, there are a million skills and several terrabytes of knowledge and experience we need to own. Everything from self-knowledge, strength and motivation to the good energy we need to connect and the concrete skills we need to do well at the nitty gritty of our lives and jobs.
I truly believe that the alpha and omega of life is a healthy and optimistic philosophy.
I’ll end this with a quote from an article that connects all these dots. It’s by a nurse called Bronnie Ware, who asked her terminally ill patients about their biggest regrets. Number 5 really resonated:
“Many people approaching the end of their lives say, “I wish I had let myself be happier.” Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”
Stay LitUpp people!