I was chatting with an acquaintance of mine earlier tonight. In the process of doing so, I wound up telling something about myself that seemed to leave him offended. As if I was doing something wrong and horrible. That "something about myself" and the response it got tonight has provoked me to ask this question:
Is it wrong to not be ambitous?
I've never felt any strong desire to be or to do anything. I've never had some goal that I absolutely HAD to accomplish. My dream job is one where I can go in, do my time, go home, and forget that the place exists altogether. That job would support a decent place to live, and overall I'd be free to do as I like in my free-time. That's pretty much it. In terms of ambition, I'm Shikamaru or, to refer to my avatar, Justy Ueki Tylor.
And what I absolutely can not understand, is why this seems so odd to people. I get that it's generally seen as better to have some goal to work towards, but the way I've been left feeling after I've told people this, you'd think it was required. The fact is I'd be perfectly happy with a life where I could be content, and not have to go out and be a go-getter, and live life to its fullest! A phrase which, by the way, always makes me feel as though I should take up bungee jumping or skydiving.
People act like it's downright wrong to feel this way and for the life of me, I can not understand what the problem is. I will concede that you can probably attach any number of negative adjectives to this idea; but "wrong" is, quite frankly, not one of them. To quote Captain Tylor, "You only live once. Don't live bound by other peoples' rules. Do what you want the way you want to." That's a philosophy I've always thought sounded good, how many people do things in life simply because it's expected? I don't want to feel that way. For better or worse, I want to live my life the way I want. Even if I never do anything meaningful with my life, I'm fine with that.
So, why is it seemingly regarded as wrong to lack ambition?