Seemed like I have a fair bit of blog posts on non-investment related stuff lately. Probably due to the short getaway to Hong Kong after I tendered my resignation when I had plenty of time to reflect and think.
Missus went on a work-related trip and I tagged along to take advantage of free accommodation. Should add this to my list of money saving tips haha. Ended up enjoying quite some “me-time” alone on foreign soil which was rather fun, and a first for me.
Calvin & Hobbes
I first started reading Calvin & Hobbes comic strips when I was in Primary School, probably five, maybe six. Can’t remember why I started buying The New Paper (yes, tabloid, I know) and while I didn’t learn much of vocabulary from it, it did enough for my English language to ensure a smooth passage through ‘O’ levels and ‘A’ levels. Oops – that’s besides the point. I remembered that it came with comic strips and that was when Calvin & Hobbes hooked me for life. Yup, the boy who could take on the world together with his stuffed tiger.
As I was clearing up my stuff lately, I chanced upon this gem which I had kept filed away in a digital graveyard.
This is just a little snippet illustrated by Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils, based on a portion of the graduation speech Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin & Hobbes, gave at his alma mater, Kenyon College. Click on the comic strip above to see the gorgeous illustration in full.
Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success.
Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential – as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.
Searching For Meaning
A person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive? The opportunity to do what we want is very often a luxury. I am glad I got the chance to do it – and appear on TripAdvisor.
Is a job title and salary the sole measure of human worth? Oh, I managed to get myself onto Facebook too.
To be honest, I didn’t really appreciate Calvin & Hobbes that much in the past because I was way too young and carefree. The funny thing is that the older I got, the more I enjoyed it. Google for Calvin & Hobbes Life Lessons and you’ll find endless results. Could it be that the comic strip have actually been drawn with adults in mind?
Sadly, Calvin & Hobbes comic strip ended on 31st December 1995 but in a way, the ending is far more beautiful than anything else he could have drawn.
Near the end of the graduation speech by Bill Watterson is a line that I really like. “Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in the questions you’ve learned how to ask yourself.”
For me, the search continues. Let’s keep the questions coming, yes?