Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
by Jonathan Hilton Day 51
There is no way I would forfeit one day of my life to become extremely attractive or famous because I simply think that both things are subjective and are they really worth it?
Now there are some things that I might seriously consider this proposition but for being attractive or famous I don’t think it would be worth it.
Being Attractive is definitely not worth it
First of all there is the attractive part. This assumes that being attractive is a purely physical thing, and if I am going to be judged purely on the physical then what about my thoughts, my
creativity and all of the other things which I think are pretty good about me, that make me, me?
Besides I think that many of the problems our society stems from our obsession with physical beauty. Which to one person is different than to another.
When you look at your life and your development as a human being, would you give back the knowledge, understanding and wisdom that you have collected over the years?
Looks are fleeting, but your character lasts forever. In the end, isn’t a higher intellect and human understanding much more attractive to the right kind of people anyway?
Beauty is subjective and changes, and those who value the aesthetic over the substance of a person tend to be shallow. Why would you care what they think of how you looked? Those who you would care about would see your value and beauty no matter what your looks were.
I have known very attractive people on the outside who are really unattractive on the inside, and every one seems to be unhappy.
Fame Is Fleeting
When it comes to fame, I think that living ten years of life would be more valuable than
whatever fame could bring to you. I think that being famous is a double edged sword, because everything that you do is thrown wide open for the world to see.
There seems to be very little that famous people keep to themselves, and that might be difficult.
I would never deny a certain human desire to have your thoughts and talents appreciated by others, and that fame might lead to some validation of what you have thought or done.
However, there is another side that will inevitably come with that, of judgment of your entire life.
Everything that you ever did, or anyone that you have ever known would have a piece of you that could be distributed for cash reward. Real friends are hard to find in any case, I think with fame you would never know who your friends were or what the real intentions of people were.
So I think fame might be interesting, but not worth ten years of my life. Think of all of the experiences you can have in ten years. There will be beautiful days, great relationships, love, gratitude, anything that you can imagine that you could experience in a ten year period would not be worth giving up for fame.
What Would I Give Ten Years For?
Thinking about this I had to try to think of something that I would give up ten years from my life expectancy for and I came up with a few. First, I think I would do it for the perfect
relationship, but then I think that the perfect relationship exists for everyone so I could have that without giving up ten years of my life, so I would keep the ten years and enjoy the relationship for that time.
I would be tempted to give up ten years on the end of my life to be able to be young again and know then what I know now, because I wouldn’t waste so much time doing things that are so stupid.
Then you realize that all of those experiences were vital in making you who you are. Even though the experiences of your 20’s were often self destructive, self indulgent and downright idiotic, they were a necessary stop on the journey of your life.
True wisdom can never be gained unless you learn the lessons that life has to offer you. Knowing what it is like to be excessively drunk, lets you know that your decision to not drink at all is smart.
Having meaningless relationships gives you the capacity to appreciate deeper connections with people today. Acting foolish and not valuing your thoughts, allows you the capacity today to appreciate the wisdom that you have attained and the depth that your thoughts take today.
So the short answer would be that I guess there is nothing that I would give up ten years of my life expectancy for, every second is precious, and needs to be cherished and lived to its fullest potential.
When I first heard this song, I was in my thirties, today in my mid forties, I wonder if I have lived my life to it’s fullest. I can only hope that every day I do.