I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.
- Walden, Henry David Thoreau
We are lucky.
Lucky because we've now been handed a Great Pause. An Equalising Pause, with which comes quiet; listen. From the cacophony of responses you may start to see your friends, family, country, yourself; show their true colours, mettle, and strength of character.
The lowly wail and moan and gnash their teeth. They cast desperately about them to assign blame, to stretch out their hands, not to help, but to grasp and grab, to take, and to accuse. To them the crisis only adds agony to their already miserable lives, because they are forced to stop and confront everything that they have been running away from, in the same way you are forced to face the laws of physics when your car confronts a brick wall.
The rest of us have been given an Opportunity akin to putting an over-large piece of chocolate in your mouth that's too big to chew but you also can't spit out because you have company. What are you going to do?
Personally we think it's a great time to rethink one's life and the decisions one has made in it so far, and the plan (if any) for the rest of it, because there's really nothing one can do right now except sit still and wait for the chocolate and pandemic to melt and hope one doesn't choke to death in the meantime. Lembas's mission is to inspire and enable you to do what you love, because we believe that will make you lead a happy and fulfilled life. Our vision is of everyone doing what they love, which we think will lead to a Second Renaissance, and the Golden Age of Humanity.
Do you think that's too far-fetched? Or is it within the realm of possibility because there's enough material wealth and food in the world for everyone if the top 1% of the population weren't hogging it all for themselves? At the risk of being labelled socialist (which makes sense to us because the vast majority of us live in a society), we prefer to think it's the latter. Call us starry-eyed, but we'd like to think the light in our eyes is not shining through because of a hole in the back of our heads.
Anyway our point is that now is the Best Time Ever to sit and ponder if your life has been going the way you want it, will continue to go said way, or if you've even stopped to think how you want it. As a certain Cheshire Cat purrs, "if you don't know which way you're going, it doesn't matter which way you go." You only get one life, as far as we know. You can spend it in the Uber passenger seat of mediocrity, letting outside forces dictate your path and use you for their own ends - which is of course your prerogative, but you'll never live life to the fullest, achieve your highest potential and more often than not, die in deep regret.
OR you could seriously - as if your life depended on it, because it does - take stock, plan your route, shift to the driver's seat and truly feel what it means to rev the engine of Life. If you don't know where you'd like to go yet, even better. You get to take the scenic route and explore until you find out. Obligations and societal pressures you say? Bah humbug to them, we say, it's your life and you're smart, you'll figure it out. Life begins when you've figured out your purpose in relation to helping others. Everything before that has just been practice.
But I - let us cut off your excuses right there. In a previous post (https://lembas.sg/blogs/news/why-are-singaporeans-so-damn-unhappy), we detailed how to find out what you should do in life, you need to find your Ikigai. Upon further reflection and reading that a 7 year old boy made US$22 million playing with toys (https://www.forbes.com/sites/maddieberg/2018/12/03/how-this-seven-year-old-made-22-million-playing-with-toys-2/#2de2d4474459), we deduced that Ikigai is bollocks, and you really only need to find the intersection between what you love doing, and what the world will pay you for. What do you do for a living again? More importantly, why are you still doing it? It's a brave new world and you are limited only by your creativity and imagination, which sadly, are insurmountable by choice in many people, but not you. So put on your thinking cap and start designing the glorious, highly lucrative in whatever form means most to you, rest of your life.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may! We would, that when society presses Play, you emerge with the clarity of vision, the steel of spine and keenness of wit to live the life of your design. We'll be with you every step of the way.