I always wanted to be remembered forever. For the longest time, achieving this was my ultimate life goal. I said it on my magazines, social networks and to friends – until Heartwarmer, on 75, asked me a question I’d never thought about before: ‘Why do you want to be remembered. What purpose will it serve you?’
BAAM! At that moment everything stopped. I tried answering her question, but I didn’t know what that answer was.
As small or insignificant this question might seem to you, it changed everything for me. From that point on, when I couldn’t answer the ‘why’, I realised that I didn’t want to remembered forever. I realised that it was actually no longer important. I had to find another mantra to live by, because the current one stopped making sense. I had to change… again.
This short, simple question inspired me to look at things different. I believe that sometimes change is inevitable; and sometimes you can control it, hold it back. Parents and family are the only things one can’t change – the rest you can. It’s a bit scary actually, to be able to have the opportunity to change so much. People tend not to like how they look in general, or their jobs, careers, love, life, when all that can be changed. As human beings, we are constantly evolving, constantly moving...
“The slower we move the faster we die” Ryan Bingham, George Clooney’s character in Up In The Air, said it best.
I remember that I was good at soccer and I thought I would play professional football one day. Today I can’t even watch a game all the way. I discovered design – I liked it and I ran with it. But how I went from football to design, I don’t know. No matter who you are and what you like and not like, at the end of the day change is inevitable.
George Gladwin Matsheke