The meaning of life is one of those sought after quests that can never truly be answered. There are just too many opinions and personal definitions for anyone meaning to be true for everyone.
Also, certain life topics can never be fully described with mere words, such as true love and true self.
Some will say that discovering the meaning behind true love and your true self is the meaning of life. What do you think?
Discovering Your Purpose
While you might feel a bit confused, you can start to find meaning in your life by discovering your true purpose. For some, this comes easily, but for others, it may take some deep soul searching. Your true purpose is not necessarily a job or something concrete, although it could be. There are no rules to follow; just the rules set out by your heart.
Try some of the following activities when searching for your true purpose:
1. Brainstorm. Find the time and place where you can have some quiet self-reflection. Just start writing down ideas on what you think your true purpose might be. You may not arrive at it at first, but you’ll eventually come across something that hits the nail on the head.
2. Activities and hobbies. Reflect on your favourite activities and hobbies. Can you turn any of them into a life’s purpose? Some people feel that if they take their hobbies further, it’ll start to feel like any old job. This won’t be the case if you’ve truly found your purpose.
3. Skills and intelligence. If there are certain skills and abilities that you’re good at, perhaps you should try pursuing those, even if you didn’t think you wanted to before.
- Also, you might want to look into a theory called Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner. Gardner describes how everyone has a type of intelligence, and it might not always be what is typically accepted as intelligence, such as a high IQ.
4. Happiness. Ask yourself whether or not you’re happy in your current life situation. If you are, perhaps you’ve already found your life’s purpose, or you’re on the correct path to it. If you’re unhappy, see if you can isolate why you can take action to correct the imbalance once you know why you can take action.
5. Regrets. Make an effort to let go of your regrets. These never serve a positive purpose in your life. However, if you identify your regrets, perhaps you can use them to discover your purpose. Perhaps there’s something you regret that you can correct. Often, it’s not too late to make a positive change!
- For example, if you’re in your 50s and you always wanted to go to college, you shouldn’t let anything stand in the way between you and your dream.
6. Religion. If you’re a religious person, your religion likely discusses life and meaning. Search through religious books or seek out a spiritual advisor to learn more about the meaning of life.
Follow Your Bliss
To put it quite simply, if you’re following your bliss, you’re on the road to discovering your true purpose. You’ll also be discovering your personal definition for the meaning of life.
Remember, you’ll always have outside influences on finding life’s meaning, but following your heart is the only true answer.