Ever found yourself wondering about the meaning of life? You’re not alone.
Jessie from OneLostCoin has, too. Today, she shares some thoughts about the meaning of life with you. Be prepared for some deep thinking and reflection on your own experiences! Oh, and to feel a lot better about it all.
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, “What is the purpose of this all? What is the meaning of life?”
I have. Many times. While I was in university trying to figure my life out, I did what any person my age would do: I went to Google. I must have clicked on almost every link, trying to find the answer. Trying to find any answer, really.
After hours on Google, I realized something: I wasn’t looking for the meaning of life in general. I was looking for the meaning of my life.
Why was I here? What was my purpose? I didn’t want to waste my life by any means. I had just gone through a terrible spout of depression, and really wanted to focus on making any life changes that really meant something to the world.
I finally landed on the book Man’s Search for Meaningby Victor Frankl. He was a psychologist that focused on a therapeutic method that involved choosing a meaning in life that would have a positive impact, and then imagining the outcome. He believed if a person did those two things they could achieve finding the meaning in their own life. He was a Holocaust survivor that dedicated his whole life after to helping others with this. The following quote is not only my favorite quote from the book, but probably my favorite quote of all time, which helps me live my life with purpose:
“For the meaning of life differs from a man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment….As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”
Reading this quotes gave me two specific ideas about the meaning of life:
You should not be anxious trying to find your whole life’s purpose; instead, you should celebrate in finding the meaning of life for whatever season you are currently in.
A lot of times in my life, I have been caught up in the larger meaning of it all. I find that when I try to do that, if one unexpected life event comes up, it throws me completely off guard. I feel like it ruins “the plan”. Now I try my best to take whatever life throws at me and ask myself, “I can’t change what just happened to me, but how can I use that to positively impact the world?”
How can you take a terrible live event and turn it into a life event that had purpose? Is it comforting those who are going through similar things? Is it writing about it so you can change someone else’s life for the better? Is it becoming an advocate? There can be a purpose found in every life event, and that is much more important than the larger meaning of your life. Your life has many meanings, not just one grand meaning!
If you are overwhelmed with the purpose of your life, remember that you are taking the time to ask yourself what the purpose is, and often that is enough!
We all need to stop being so hard on ourselves. The fact that you want to know the purpose of your life is fantastic! How many people pick a goal of comfort in life over a goal of purpose? It is hard to find purpose when you are constantly looking for ways to be comfortable. Life becomes amazing when you go out of your comfort zone and start embracing the adventure that you are on. The fact that you are asking what the meaning of life is is enough. Congratulate yourself that you are willing to take the step (and the time!) to find out how to positively impact the world.
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