I forget all the time how the position I’m in now as a writer was unthinkable to the writer-me of 10 years ago. Hell, 5 years ago. All I think about is how far I have to go. It’s sort of funny, because as you said, you build these landmarks up in your mind, and then you hit them, and think….er, this is it?
I think that actually stands true for all of life, though, and is one of the reasons why massively successful people often plunge into depression and addiction. They work so hard to climb the mountain and then get to the top…and it’s really not that big of a deal. I just finished Serving the Servant about Kurt Cobain and this is largely what happened to him.
Anyway, I ramble…good piece. I agree with you wholeheartedly. This is why I always say Buddhism and other religious traditions are rationally, objective “right.” Chasing after material rewards will never lead to real happiness because of the way our minds are made up as human beings. To believe otherwise is to court despair and madness. There needs to be a balance between pursuing our dreams and remaining balanced with clear perspective.
Anyway, I’m rambling even worse now! Ha…the article got me thinking.