How do you fancy 60 years of torture?

Posted on 19 October 2015

Untitled design
One of my favourite books is The Fountainhead.

It’s about a couple of aspiring architects trying to get ahead.

Here is what Howard Roark, one of the characters, has to say about his work:

“I have, let’s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I have chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I’m only condemning myself to sixty years of torture.”


(At the time of saying this he is about 22. So, he is assuming he will live into his 80s.)

Now, I think this is a very interesting observation which many people don’t think too much about.

They get a job that they “kinda like” or even worse “can’t stand” and do it all their days. Is this not self-inflicted torture?

Why do people do it?

They fall into a system that says: “This is the way it is, and this is what we expect of you and God forbid you try to do something different.”

The saddest thing is our time is limited. We are not here forever. One day all of this lovely world will go black and that will be that. The end.

Just before that happens you will want to look back and say that you had a blast and I don’t mean just going out having “fun”.

I mean looking back and seeing your life’s work and feeling passion, joy and happiness, not 60 years of torture.

Now, even if you do follow your heart into a profession like, let’s say, acting; you still need to choose what you want to do within that.

If you don’t, it could still lead to 60 years of torture.

For example, what if you ended up doing only panto or only theatre in education all your life? This may be fine for some, which is cool, but for others it would be torture. You must do the kind of work that sets your world on fire. You must find a way. Your life depends on it.

It’s time to take action towards what you want.

The Ultimate Guide to Method Acting awaits…