Honestly think about the following two options and tell me which one you resonate with more: Yes yes, by now you should know Doc.
They are haunted by the experienced of their inner emptiness, a void within themselves; In addition to this, however, man has suffered another loss…No instinct tells him what he has to do, and no tradition tells him what he ought to do; sometimes he does not even know what he wishes to do.
Instead, he either wishes to do what other people do (conformism) or he does what other people wish him to do (totalitarianism).” The feeling of meaningless is one of those scary nagging feelings we all get at some points in our lives.
We wonder if there is some grand scheme out there for our suffering, or why after working for a couple years in a job that’s “alright” it doesn’t feel like it has a point anymore.
It’s because both happiness and success are closely tied to purpose. Either you’re totally lost, or you have everything but it doesn’t seem to make a difference.
” For some parents, raising their kids and being a good parent is their only purpose — but once their kids move out and grow up they suddenly find their lives feeling more meaningless. Normal every day people sometimes find purpose in others — a loved one for example — and once that person leaves their life they are crushed and fall into an existence that feels meaningless again. But purpose – no matter how temporary – is so important because it makes you feel like what you are doing in your life actually matters. that feeling of which so many [people] complain today, namely, the feeling of the total and ultimate meaninglessness of their lives.
College kids that graduate university are accustomed to having a purpose: pass this class, semester after semester after semester, and finally: graduate. And purpose is the ultimate fix for no longer feeling lost, no longer feeling like you’re in a dream or an observer of your own life. They lack the awareness of a meaning worth living for.
This fourth way to avoid a meaningless life is a paradoxical one — it’s less easily sought out than the other 3.
In a nutshell, you are looking for an So in a nutshell, why seek out flow producing activities?
Through purpose you find passion, you find happiness, you find drive, you find meaning in an apparently meaningless existence. And by purpose I don’t necessarily mean “your one ultimate purpose.” Purpose, like happiness, isn’t static.
It’s not just “Oh I’ve always wanted to be an Astronaut since I was young!
But there is one big reason why you should set goals – even arbitrary goals like running a marathon – and that’s because At the basic, most fundamental level, the easiest way to turn a meaningless life into a meaningful one is to set a random goal and go for it. They are, however, better than nothing and are an easy step into feeling like life is worthwhile.