what do you desire?

There's a recurring trend in today's society- we think too much and do too little. We think about what we'll go to college for and base our decision on success, we think about what we could do but we never do it; and I'm tired of all this thinking and wondering and worrying. I just want to write books and make things and live in the mountains in a little white house with hard wood floors and lots of light and is this too much to ask for? But really, there's so much emphasis on sustaining our $4 coffee miserable lives and less emphasis on doing what we're passionate about, what we desire. Alan Watts said it best:


What do you desire?
What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?
Let’s suppose – I do this often in vocational guidance of students. They come to me and say, “Well, uh, we’re getting out of college, and we haven’t the faintest idea of what we want to do.”
So I always ask the question, “What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?”
Well, it’s so amazing. As a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say, “Well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers. But as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way.”
Or another person says, “I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses.”
I said, “Do you want to teach at a riding school? Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do?”
When we finally got down to something which the individual says he really wants to do. I will say to him, “you do that, and forget the money.
Because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You will be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Which is STUPID!
Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.
And after all, if you do really like what your’e doing, it doesn't matter what it is, you can eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is.
So don’t worry too much. Somebody’s interested in everything. And anything you can be interested in, you’ll find others who are.
But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like in order to go on doing things you don’t like and to teach your children to follow in the same track. See, what we’re doing is we’re bringing up children, and educating them to live the same sort of lives we’re living in order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing. It’s all wretch and no vomit. It never gets there!
And so therefore it’s so important to consider this question. “What do I desire?”


It's time we stop thinking too much and start doing more. So, what do you desire? 



  1. this is so gorgeous, katie! i think i desire for so many people to forgive me. especially one nineteen year old girl.

    [ my lil mud boots ]

  2. Katie, this is lovely. :) i don't even know what i desire, sometimes, i think. the usual, i guess. health, happy life, love, inspiration, admiration, a home in the mountains with a light-filled kitchen (ALWAYS wanted that;)) surrounded by loved ones and animals, taking pictures, writing music + books. perhaps dreams more than desires--and they are rather selfish desires, i suppose, but they'll have to do until i can get ahold of the bigger picture. :)

    i love your writing, girly, and your heart, and you. <3

  3. i say amen to this a thousand times. i couldn't agree more.

  4. How very very true. I love this. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I love that quote. It's so relevant to me right now as I try to decide what to "be when I grow up." I don't like any of the careers I hear about, and I'm afraid that being an artists or a filmmaker or a writer will mean not earning enough to thrive. I look at lists of majors and I think that I don't want to study any of them. I don't want to go on a long rant here, but thanks so much for posting this. I really needed it, especially since my school and the whole culture is just saying you can't survive without college/a good career in science or math or computers/ so much money.

  6. This is timely--exactly what I needed to read at the moment. I'm about to graduate from high school, and yes, the pressure to attend college and choose a career that will land you in "success" has been stifling me these past and present days. So this post stands as a timely reminder to reflect on my (and God's) desires and purpose in this life.

  7. I love this!

  8. THIS. katie, you are an amazing and thought-provoking writer. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. (I absolutely love that short film)

  9. KATIE. you knocked it out of the park once again. :)

  10. well,I always desire for a better life and I'm working hard.thanks katie.