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The eternal, and often elusive, quest for fulfilment


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In his presentation speech at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in 2016, actor and comedian Jim Carrey famously said:
 
“Thank you. I'm two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey. When I go to sleep at night, I'm not just a guy going to sleep. I’m two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey going to get some well needed shut-eye. And when I dream, I don't dream any old dream. No sir. I dream of being three-time Golden Globe winning actor Jim Carrey. Because then I would be enough. It would finally be true. And I can stop this terrible search. For what I know ultimately won’t fulfil me.”
 

Jim Carrey’s speech, delivered with dramatic pauses in his trademark style, was not only hilarious but also offered a valuable insight into human nature – our eternal, and often elusive, quest for fulfilment and recognition. From a young age, we’re taught to pursue awards and accolades leading to a never-ending cycle of longing for greater accomplishments as we grow older.
 
But when would it be enough?
 
When would it all finally be true?
 
And when do we stop this terrible search?
 
Chances are, never. In spite of achieving significant milestones, we continuously strive for more because, on one hand, we’re never fully satisfied, and on the other hand, we have this constant urge to feel truly fulfilled. In many ways it’s also how we measure our worth – in our own eyes and those of others.
 
Carrey’s punchline For what I know ultimately won’t fulfil me can be interpreted as a poignant reflection of how we relentlessly pursue our goals in the hope that they will bring us ultimate satisfaction. However, even when they do, our joy and contentment are temporary, leaving us with an illusion of fulfilment.
 
There is nothing wrong with pursuing our dreams, but we can be realistic about what we set out to achieve and reflect on what truly makes us happy. We can benefit greatly if we balance our search for success with a deep understanding of our priorities – aligning our ambitions with an inner sense of purpose and fulfilment.
 
© PocketfulofHappiness

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I sometimes think that if we focus too hard on striving to achieve, we forget that what really fulfils us might be right there the whole time. I think it's healthy for people to have dreams (graduate university, travel to a particular place, act in a play), but at the same time, we need to I think, remember to be mindful, so that we can pay attention to the daily things that make us whole.

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Margot, thank you for commenting. You put it very well. Amidst our pursuit of dreams, it's important to remain mindful of our present moment, the things we have already achieved. Real fulfilment often comes from appreciating and enjoying the simple joys and experiences of life. I think ultimate satisfaction, if there is such a thing, lies in balancing the two.

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