A Meeting with Youth

By Matthieu Ricard on November 15, 2009

Sometime ago, I met with a group of young people in Canada. Some of them told me that they had graduated from college and did not know what to do next. One of them said, ‟I filled out a lot of questionnaires that were supposed to help me find out what would be the best profession for me to pursue. After that, for six months I tried a variety of jobs, but none of them really interested me. So, I don't know what to do.”

I could not help offering this advice: ‟For a while, why don't you stop trying to figure out what you are supposed to do and go to a quiet place in a forest, near a lake, or anywhere where you can pause. Just sit there and rest and then think with earnest yearning: ‘What would I really like to do in life?'

‟Rest a moment upon that simple question, without engaging in a lot of cogitations, and see what comes to the surface from the depth of your mind and heart. It might be more likely to reflect what really matters to you. If that becomes clear, the rest is just a matter of finding the way to do it. This is usually not the most difficult part because as the saying goes, ‘when there is a will, there is a way'.”