Some time during its relaunch, Julie and I went to watch Titanic in 3D. I was reminded by something that Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) said –
… I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.
At first, the quote struck me as a pursuit for efficient production. Like the slogan carpe diem, we should seize the day and maximize our efforts toward our goal — whatever that may be — to make each day count.
In retrospect, I found the message to be befuddling. For example, how is sleeping under a bridge making that day count? I guess it does count if Dawson’s goal was to wake up each morning and not know what’s going to happen … and with air in his lungs and blank sheets of paper to draw on.
So, it got me thinking. Dawson seemed pretty happy, even until his very end. I know that Titanic is fictional, but why can’t we pursue a simplified life such as his – to truly pursue what it is that we want out of life?
I guess it all stems to first knowing what you want from life. I know that priorities change (e.g., having a family), but ultimately, what one thing makes you happy? And are you pursuing that?
Don’t wait until the end to realize your dream.
P.S. Life is a lot like a business. Without a clear goal, we get distracted and lose sight of what makes us happy (e.g., new cars, new gadgets, etc.) … or success for a business.