Life is Simple. Why do we make it so Hard?

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12th May, 2022

This is what Jon Jandai, a farmer from north-eastern Thailand, asked the audience while delivering a TED speech in 2011. He echoed what Confucius had said 2,500 years earlier, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”


While I recommend you watch Jon’s complete speech, the crux of what he says is that we don’t necessarily have to do what society tells us, we can have the life we want, and our choices determine if we get such a life.

If I had to live my life all over again; I would relax more, I’d be sillier than I have been, have more holidays, I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets.

I would spend more quality time with family, enjoy more with friends and build better relationships.

I would have more actual troubles and less imaginary ones.

I’d pick more daisies, laugh more and love more, read the great works of literature, savour the choicest malts more, instead of just collecting them.

The point is clear, don’t wait for things to become better, they seldom do, one thing improves and the other problem arises, that’s what life is all about I reckon.

Start living and enjoying your life by design and don’t live it by default and stay blessed forever.