The greatest disappointment we can encounter might not have anything to do with sadness, failure, and hurt.
What if it were the opposite?
What if you discovered accomplishment could hurt too?
Imagine a person that worked in a career for 40 years trying to obtain some goal. This goal was the only thing they truly pursued. It was all their heart desired. And then the moment they reached to touch it, they realized it meant nothing.
Figuring out your why of life, is both a philosophical and practical question.
Don’t listen to me on this.
Listen to others that have been through this too: Despair can be hollow, but so can pleasure.
Maybe Bourdain sensed this too?
The greatest disappointment (and resulting pain) you can feel is when you have just experienced that which you thought would bring you the ultimate in pleasure—and it has let you down. Pleasure without boundaries produces a life without purpose. That is real pain. No death, no tragedy, no atrocity—nothing really matters. Life is sheer hollowness, with no purpose.
-Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason