There are plenty of things that matter to me. Some are important while others, not so much. Perhaps the most important one is to be happy and live a good life. Aside from that, here are some of the things that matter in no particular order.
The freedom to choose my own adventure and explore. Despite being lost and directionless for so many years, I have to say, this is something I highly value. Everyone should have the right to live by their own rules, but most people don’t exercise that right. Instead, they fell for the trap of living someone else’s life.
Setting high standards and striving for excellence. I’ve always had high standards for myself and although I don’t think I’m a perfectionist, I’m probably not that different from one. This isn’t about setting high expectations for myself, it’s just that I want to be the best that I can be. If you don’t strive hard for what you want, are you sure you really want it in the first place?
The desire to seek out the truth and understand things. Learning has always been a huge part of my life, ever since I started school, I’ve been learning new things left and right day after day. It’s only after leaving academia that I realize how much I miss learning.
Social connections and interactions. I’ve always been an introvert and a lot of people think I’m just shy, but in reality, I just lack the experience. Most of the time, I like engaging in one to one conversations and talk deeply about something without interruptions. Group conversations are my weakness, I always end up listening and taking it all in while everyone tries their hardest to interrupt one another.
Passing the torch and teach the others. The sharing of knowledge is what got us to where we are today and it is what drives our progress. It’s because of all the accumulated knowledge that we have what we have. So we all have a role in this, teaching is something central to our survival and even when you think there’s nothing you can teach, there’s always something you can teach.
Giving proper care and respect. Caring is very important but it always has to be done both ways. Care is what makes you feel appreciated and care is the thing that helps you in your time of need. You can’t just demand care and not give any. It’s very hard to get others to care but it’s very easy to get them to stop caring. The same applies to trust and respect.
A fair and just world. Though we might have different skin colors, we are all born as human beings. Though we might have different cultures and believe in different things, we are all just trying to survive and live a good life. The world isn’t fair, I get that. But that’s not an excuse to tolerate discrimination against those who are different.
Making a difference and leaving my mark on the world. Perhaps you might question why it’s important to make my mark on the world given our insignificance. Earth is just a tiny tiny speck of dust in the vastness of space and even then, the competition is 7 billion as of now. With odds like that, why strive to make my mark? Simple, because I want to give my life meaning, something worth pursuing, that’s all.
I’m sure there’s plenty of others as well but as a high-level overview, I think that covers most of it. Tomorrow, I’ll try to go one level deeper and write about the things that need fixing, and perhaps the wants and needs of specific people or groups of people involved as well, regarding these matters.