Love what you do and you won’t work a day in your life.
Kids start hearing this as soon as they learn the concept of work. The realistic options for what types of work are available are rarely lovable. Furthermore, it is often perverted into the idea of working a job with characteristics similar to what you love to do.
If you reverse it then you’re not left hoping. Start with what you love and build the rest of life around it.
In the life of most westerners, the threat of death comes at old age. Our cultures do not take care of or revere the elderly and we are left to fend for ourselves.
A routine living of a first-worlder does not encounter predators, starvation, homicide, or disease. Therefore it is the fear of death down the road that inspires our daily subconscious and plans for the future.
If on the other hand, one were to regularly experience the fear of death through adventurous activities, it would be the obstacle around the next corner that would be of most interest. Rock climbing, motorcycle riding, swimming with sharks and paragliding are all potentially fatal. Continuous focus of the present would be your best guarantee of survival.
If it’s true that death is what makes life meaningful, then frequent encounters with death would mean a life full of experienced understanding.
The focus of presence can also be related to livelihood and quality of life.
Working toward something is a common ingredient in the recipe for success. If it is a true joy to work toward the same thing for a long time, then this is a great plan. If, however, this is a miserable road to a hypothetical end scenario, then this is a messed up plan. Forcing yourself to live a way that only pleases you a fraction of the time makes it more likely that you will later live that same fractional way.
Living life exactly the way you want to live let’s you practice and become better at living how you like. If you see yourself working on hobbies and passions or exploring the world go and do those things. Don’t put them off until some purchase or accomplishment allows you to. Start on a small scale if you have to.
Make the things that make you happiest a priority. In the end, what will you want to call your life?
I think life wants us to feel good about ourselves, whatever that means for us individually.