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CAIRO – 23 August 2017: Today's words of wisdom are brought to you by melancholic 80s rock bands and the Medieval Association of Zombie Dragons.
Ever since we were young, we have been told that having goals and dreams is quite important – perhaps the most important thing ever – which motivates some to seek their dreams viciously, and if they exert enough effort, they usually succeed, but sometimes it comes at a great price.
In their song ‘Heaven Knows,’ the Smiths sing: "I was looking for a job and then I found a job, and heaven knows I'm miserable now," suggesting that sometimes when you seek a goal with great ambition, to the point that you focus on nothing else, you feel empty soon after you achieve that goal. This is exactly where the words of the great Lord Baelish, aka Little Finger, fit in: "It doesn't matter what we want. Once we get it, then we want something else."
Seeing life as a path of big stops with nothing but emptiness in between makes life intolerable and tiring, so always remember the other childhood wisdom by Lloyd Alexander: "The journey is the treasure." Maybe what that really means is that the treasure is not to be found wholly at the end of the journey, in a chest; waiting for us to whisk it away. Maybe it means that the treasure is actually broken into pieces that we accumulate through the journey, and by the end of it; we have already acquired all of it.