Wow, that seems like a funny thing to say “better to have a short life”. When you take it out of context it is a ridiculous thing to say. So, let’s give it the context it deserves.
“It is better to have a short life doing the things that you love doing, rather than a long life feeling miserable about what you are doing.” – Alan Watts
Alan Watts, was an author, philosopher, speaker, professor, and Zen master that traveled and taught around the world during the 50′s & 60′s. He passed away in 1973, and even though he has been dead for 40 years his words still ring true today. This is a profoundly simple truth that any simpleton could read and logically agree with…BUT how many of us are truly doing what makes us happy?
What makes you happy? What would you do if money didn’t matter? I have no answers for you, no words of wisdom…you know the answers…they are somewhere inside of you. If the answer isn’t readily available, just keep looking…and then look deeper.
Here is a very short video (3:09) from one of Alan’s lectures set to some great images. (I’ve yet to find actual video of him speaking). Watch it again and again. I do. It helps me keep asking the question.
Here’s to a long life FULL of the things that you love doing…