A Little Perspective from Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

Trawling around the internet for inspiration, I stumbled over this short gem from the unmistakable, legend Christopher Hitchens.

‘If I’d been any good at that job, I might still be doing it.’

Though the title of the video is a little misleading, the concept is sound. Hitchens lost his mundane job then went on to become one of the most forthright, intelligent polemicists of our time.

How often do we think our world is ending, only to look back a while later and realise things actually worked out preferably as a result? I can recall many times in my life this happened, and I’m sure nobody else would have difficulty in doing so either.

There’s a point in there somewhere. Probably something about enjoying the drama of life rather than worrying.


‘It was everything I wanted and it made me miserable.’

Something else I can personally attest to. Getting what you want doesn’t always turn out to be what you want. Everybody has hopes and dreams, but discerning whether they’re your own or the product of the world around you can be tricky.

‘Time spent arguing is, oddly enough, almost never wasted.’
– Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian, 2001.

So have an argument with yourself. Figure out what you really want, or probably more importantly what you don’t want, before you commit to something that will make you miserable.

Just remember,

‘The four most overrated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.’
– Christopher Hitchens, the New Yorker, 2006.


Photo by Surian Soosay licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.

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