On my way in to work this morning, I randomly thought of this article-type thing that I’d read a while back, which advised something along the lines of looking at the stories you like and finding the common theme in them in order to determine something about your own values or goals or something… Yeah, I don’t really remember what it said, but surely you get my drift…
So I thought about the stories I grew up with – the books, TV shows, movies, etc. Well, mostly I thought of shows like ‘Pokemon’ and ‘Dragonball Z’.
Actually, I should back-track a little bit here. Prior to thinking about this, I was thinking about what I like about work, and I figured out that, for me, it’s not about having power or authority. For me (at least to some extent), it’s about having mastery over what I do. Put simply, it’s about being the best.
So that made me think of ‘Pokemon’ because we all know the ultimate goal of that show’s protagonist was to become the best Pokemon trainer ever. And then I thought of DBZ because I watched that in the same years that I watched ‘Pokemon’. But I think the thing with DBZ is that it’s not just about simply being the best ever – it’s about being the best you can be and about being better than your opponent, and not necessarily in terms of brute strength.
Thinking of the books I grew up reading – particularly books like those in the ‘Redwall’ series – I realise that last point was also pretty recurrent in my books. There’s an overarching emphasis on doing the right thing – for yourself, for others and for the greater good. Perhaps this is what I value about my work.
Well, to be fair, I’m sure that not all of the books I read and shows I watched had these sorts of themes running through them. I’m pretty sure that most of the time I only cared that they were entertaining and interesting. If I learnt something or developed some quality in me on the way, then that was a bonus.