It’s a rhetorical question, I know – but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about it. And, of course, the answers will be different for everyone – which is as it should be. But off the top of my head, in no particular order, here we go…
Being sensitive to the needs of others is important. The strong and intelligent should always use their power to help those less fortunate, or at least it would seem that way to me.
Using one’s mind to make things (a.k.a. being creative) is also important to me, although I don’t really know why. It’s not like anything I’ve ever made has improved humanity, indeed, sometimes I think it’s a selfish act, yet I still feel compelled to do it. Oh well – this post isn’t about understanding oneself.
Contributing something to one’s community is important – in other words, provide something of value to other people. That’s a box I can check off since I’m an ER nurse. Helping, or at least attempting to help, critically ill or just sick or injured people is something I am fortunate enough to get paid for. Win win.
Learning and continuing to grow is important, or at least it is to me. If we’re not growing we’re regressing, which means we’re not fulfilling our potential as human beings.
And finally, loving and being loved. Probably the most important of all. You’ve really got work at this one, or at least I do.
But I’m trying.