Life can seem empty when you’re wandering aimlessly through each day.
We all need a purpose—a reason to wake up every morning. As humans we have the need to be needed. It’s genetically hardwired into us. And while some of us become parents, bosses, creators, or find spirituality, we’re all searching for the same thing: our purpose for being alive.
Having children is one of the easiest ways for a person to find their purpose in life. Or at least temporarily. As long as your kids need you—well, you’re needed. But at some point they’ll be all grown up with children of their own. And then you’ll be right back where you started, only older.
The same thing applies to people who find meaning through their careers. A career can fill you with a sense of purpose. Especially when you get to the point where other people are dependent on you doing your job properly. But just like being a parent, you’ll reach a point where your job no longer needs you.
You see this happen to older folks all the time. They retire from a job they’ve worked at for most of their life, then they don’t know what to do with their free time. They lose their purpose and become aimless. And often times they don’t live much longer after retiring. This isn’t coincidence; we need to feel like we have a purpose or we lose our lust for life. It’s very sad to see this happen to anyone. But it doesn’t have to happen to you. There are other ways.
Finding purpose in your life isn’t as difficult as the western world makes it seem. While many get sucked into the nine-to-five rat race that brings about monotonous days and short nights, there are plenty of people who forgo that nonsense to pursue their passions. And you know what, you can to.
You don’t need to be one of those people who long for the weekends so they can get caught up on chores and TV shows. Even if you have a family and mortgage, and have been buried under years of grime from the daily grind, you can still turn it around. You have the power to change your life anytime you wish. But it won’t be easy.
We all have dreams. And it’s in these dreams where our purpose resides. Because when you’re passionate about something, that thing holds great value to you. And if it holds value, it’s worth more than other things. Which means if you pursue and achieve the dream you value so dearly, you’ve lived your life with a purpose. The purpose being to make that dream a reality.
It sounds simple: chase your dreams, achieve your dreams, and you’ll be happy. Well, happier. And you know what, it is that simple. Of course, it all depends on what your dream is. Unfortunately, some things are unattainable—no matter how much we want them to be our reality. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try. And it sure as hell doesn’t mean you can’t live a meaningful life with a purpose. You just need to find the courage to start.
It’s up to you how far you go in this world. You can take a backseat and just coast through life like most of us were taught to: get a steady job, get married, buy a house, start a family. Or you can choose to be different. You can chase those dreams you had growing up and choose to find your purpose in this world.
Life isn’t black and white. And choosing to live your life the way you want doesn’t have to be some radical, extreme leap of faith. You make small goals, take the right steps, and gradually build the life you’ve always wanted over time. You never have to settle for the life everyone else has. You can find a greater purpose for your existence. Life is a game: you can either play to win, or you can give up and guarantee yourself to lose.
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