Humans as we are, we can't accomplish every duty handed over to us. We can't fulfill all responsibilities (very well) in one sitting and we can't live up to everyone's expectations. We are bound to take false steps along life's journey.
Even if we manage to accomplish everything on the to do list. Even if we finish them perfectly, these will not bring true happiness and satisfaction.
The author has always thought that work before play is the best formula in life's journey. Passion is set aside to make room for the tasks assigned. Health is forsaken to meet deadlines. Personal matters are forgotten to get results others demanded. In effect, the author's engaging interest in the routine has become stale. The chains of the dark chasm has caught this person until today.
Today, this person conducted a technical seminar in a computer college. Teaching, imparting knowledge seemed to be a forgotten desire. The event's outcome was not perfect but positive emotions surged from the author's core being.
The author felt absolute bliss that the students learned the basics of game programming. For the first time in ages, this person felt contented with the outcome of this individual's efforts. The sheer joy that came from effectively training the students cannot be compared to any material compensation.
The students did not just learn game development. A new path in computer programming has come their way and it can foster holistic growth.
The interwoven emotions created an endless source of energy. The training was conducted a couple of hours in the afternoon and it's now early dawn. Many things have happened after the seminar. A long walk way home was taken. Dinner was eaten. A movie was watched. Still, this person still has energy to spare.
A new source of hope and will to live was discovered today.
Duties. Responsibilities. Expectations. When one's life solely revolve around these, that person is surely bound to get burned out. One day, his or her eagerness in doing his or her routine will questionably dwindle until nothing is left. Likewise, his or her interest in life will slowly ebb.
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." (Thurman, H.)