You Don’t Need A Reason To Do Anything

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Recently, someone asked me why I had done something.

“What did you hope to get out of it?,” they asked. “What was the purpose?”

I thought for a second, having not really considered why exactly I did it, only that I did.

Then I said: “There was no desired outcome, no finish line to cross. I had no expectations — I guess I just felt like doing it.”

It made me think of “Forrest Gump,” and that famous scene where he springs off the porch and begins running across the country.

Newscasters question Forrest’s purpose.

“Sir, why are you running?”

“Are you doing this for world peace?”

“Are you doing this for the homeless?”

“Are you running for women’s rights?”

“Or for the environment?”

“Or for animals?”

“Why are you doing this?”

There’s a beat as Forrest continues running. Then he says:

“I just felt like running.”

This is a good enough reason to do most things. If you feel like doing something, just do it.

Most people don’t think this way. Especially as they get older. The older they get, the more calculated they become. They can’t do a thing just to do it. There has to be a reason.

There’s no better reason to do something than impulse. You don’t need an an outcome, a final destination. Everything isn’t a benchmark or a way to pad your resume.

You can do things for the most basic reason of all — because you feel like it.

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