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Your Wild and Precious Life

posted by Jason Kottke   May 25, 2021

How do you know what to do with your life? The introduction to this new and uncharacteristically existential Kurzgesagt video is some real truth:

Wrapping your mind around your life is pretty hard, because you are up to your neck in it. It’s like trying to understand the ocean while learning how to swim. On most days you are busy just keeping your head above water. So it is not easy to figure out what to do with your life and how to spend your time. There are a million distractions. Your family, friends and romantic partners, boring work, and exciting projects. Video games to play and books to read. And then there is your couch that somebody needs to lie on. It’s easy to get lost.

Thinking about this stuff can be kind of a downer, as the writer of this video admits in a comment:

It’s so easy to get lost in your daily life: there are so many “urgent” and “annoying” things that you forget that actually every day is special, sort of. And even more so the days we have with friends and family. I know watching a video like this can hit pretty hard. But at least for me, the message it tries to convey does make me actually change my behavior. Reprioritize things. You know. Hope it had a similar effect for some of you.

See also Your Life in Weeks by Tim Urban.