“It is my opinion that a man’s soul may be buried and perish under a dung-heap, or in a furrow field, just as well as under a pile of money.”
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne closely echoes Hamlet’s “Worms are the emperor of all diets” quote, which really puts our wants and desires in this world into perspective and begs us to answer: what is it all for? We should think, and think again, on how we choose to live our lives and where we want to end up, because it isn’t for anybody else.
A life span is the only time we get to truly spend on ourselves and create something for the people we leave behind, as it won’t really matter in the end how we end up. So you may choose to spend your life chasing money, or you can try to leave a legacy behind, or you can do only what makes you happy — in the end, what you are is what you are.