Everybody Wants To Be Somebody

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I just stumbled upon this quote doing research for todays blog post. Everybody wants to be somebody but nobody wants to grow? What does that mean? We want to be somebody to our fellow men and to society but we don’t want to change?

Is that true?

In a way we all want to be somebody in some shape or form.

New York City is the most extreme example for this need. One might ask why people deal with the subway commute, the extremely high rents and the overall lower standard of living? Because New York is the place where people from all over the world come to because they want to become somebody.

But what is becoming somebody? How is it defined and when do we come to a point where we can relax and can say that we have arrived, that we are somebody?

There are many different definitions of what it means  to become somebody. One might just want to be able to hold a job another might want to become the president.

Extreme examples of people who are remembered even thousands of years after they left this earth are Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha. But Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse Tung also became somebody and will always be remembered and not be forgotten because millions of people died under their dictatorships.

Is becoming somebody even desirable? Is there another way to live one’s life? What about being nobody? What about making the conscious decision not to want to be somebody? How would our lives look like?

What other motivation is there to get out of bed in the morning then wanting to be important, wanting too be looked at and to be admired?

Today I’m starting an experiment. For the rest of the year I will be a nobody. I will use this blog to document how my life changes and what I experience.

Who knows letting go of wanting to be somebody might be the roadmap to happiness. We’ll find out! 🙂

“Everybody Wants To Be Somebody” Williamsburg/Brooklyn/The Loft/Self Portrait 2-28-12 at 06:19 PM

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