Alan Watts – Why Your Life is Not a Journey


I mean, wow! I love this video.

Alan Watts so perfectly describes something about our society that I have been thinking about for years.

At the ripe old age of 14, while in junior high, I remember realizing that everything I’d done since kindergarten was just a step in preparing me for the next thing. And that string of “things” I needed to prepare for seemed to be never ending.

I looked back to the past: I attended preschool to prepare me for kindergarten, kindergarten prepared me for grade school, grade school for middle school, middle school for junior high.

I looked toward the future: junior high was supposedly preparing me for high school, high school for college, college for graduate school, graduate school for my career, my career for my retirement.

It all seemed so planned, so predictable, so unexciting, so meaningless.

Life is this exact moment. This moment is all we have. This moment is where life happens.

Look around you…this moment is beautiful! Let’s experience it with our entire being.


p.s. Thank you, David Lindberg, for sharing this video.


4 thoughts on “Alan Watts – Why Your Life is Not a Journey

  1. This is such a great point and something I’ve thought a lot about also, thanks for sharing! And I love your blog!
    The music analogy reminds me of a quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: “The end of a melody is not its goal; but nonetheless, if the melody had not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.”

    p.s. I was excited to see this post because just yesterday I started writing a post inspired by another talk by Alan Watts 🙂


    1. Thanks so much Maria! This video was my first introduction to Alan Watts. I don’t know how I’ve missed his work until now! That Nietzsche quote is amazing. Isn’t life completely full of parables and contradictions? I guess that’s what makes it so interesting 🙂
      I’m going to check out your blog right now!


  2. Absolutely!
    I don’t know too much of Alan Watts’ work, but my boyfriend really likes him and recommended his books and talks. I read his book called The Book and found it really interesting!

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