What is the meaning of life? How can we live a resolute and meaningful life? Once in the course of life, this question crosses our minds. Some of us ignore it like a stupid thought and some of us struggle to find the answer to this question, throughout our lives.
We believe that every life is different, and the perception of life is more different for each of us. Singers feel it as a soulful melody, painters take it as abstract art, for the potter, it’s like a raw delicate piece of pottery which can break on a single hit and for a little kid, life is his mother’s lap which comforts and soothes him when he is sick or in pain. Thus life has many different profiles, many faces for everyone but the reality is, life happens to us in the same way, it’s just our perception that makes all the difference.
We all are happy or upset about our lives in some way or another. But let me ask you something. How many of us truly know the purpose of our lives? Do we know who we are, what we really want for ourselves? After growing up, we often forget what we wanted to become when we were young and instead accept something that our family or society chooses for us. This is why most of us end up living a vertically coherent life. A life in which we live according to society but our souls keep craving for the things we love. A singer struggles to show its talent in an Engineer’s body, an artist craved to paint while his businessman self is busy in signing ventures. If you want to live a truly meaningful life then take some time out and ask these 5 questions to yourself.
1. Who I Really Am?
Yes, ask yourself who are you? No that doesn’t mean your name, your family, your ethnicity, your religion, your education, etc. These things cannot define you. You are way more than that. You are what your soul is, your passion is, your mind is… You are what you feel, what you think, what you believe in. Look closely into yourself and see what your soul craves for. Maybe you’re studying engineering right now and looking forward to being an Engineer, but deep inside there’s a Musician who craves to show the world his talent. Who finds satisfaction in singing and playing guitar, but is confined inside an Engineer’s body? This is called a vertically coherent life, which ends up on some little horrifying words like What If, I Wish I could, and it’s too late. Ask yourself who you really are before letting this world decide this for you and make you believe in it.
2. What Is My Idea Of Living A Meaningful Life?
The Meaning of Life Is to Find Your Gift, the Purpose of Life Is to Give It Away.Pablo Picasso
We all are gifted in our unique ways. That doesn’t mean having abilities of X-Men like seeing the future or throwing fire from your eyes etc. Your gift could be anything. Anything which most other people can’t. Having an ability to sing, to dance, to paint, to write, to play something, and even to love and care unconditionally are some of the amazing and special gifts of GOD, and understanding your inner gift can lead you to the real purpose of your existence and this would become your idea of living a meaningful life.
If you can sing well, then sing to make people forget their worries, if you are an empath, then your purpose is to share the pain of the people and help them with their lives. In short, to share whatever you have to help humankind is your and everyone’s purpose. Keep in mind that the gift you have been blessed with is a responsibility for you, so spend it in the right way. So today take some time out, sit back, and think about your purpose of life.
3. What Are My Strengths And Weaknesses?
Another important question to ask. Basically, your strength and weaknesses are those things that can make or destroy you in the future. Want an example..? Imagine for what or whom you can do anything? For what/whom you can sacrifice your life..? What/who can give you enough strength to fight against the whole world for it? You know the answers, right? Now listen, these things are your strength and give you the power to make difficult decisions. Whereas your weakness lies in your secrets and the things which are hidden about you. Now, of course, they’re hidden because of a reason, aren’t they?
Try to know about your strength and weakness before someone else does. Your weakness and strength are your powers which shouldn’t be known by ANYONE. Because whoever will know, will have power over you and they would be able to control you easily. Try to control your powers to take hold of your fate.
4. What Habits/Routine Should I Adapt To Live A Meaningful Life?
Sow a thought, reap an act
Sow an act, reap a habit
Sow a habit, reap a character
Sow a character, reap a destiny.
Imagine roaming aimlessly, without even have to think about tomorrow and just going with the flow. Feels amazing, right? But the only problem with this way that it won’t take you to the destination of your choice. If you want to be successful, then you have to be organized and direct your life accordingly. Some of the habits according to the most successful people are listed below:
- WAKING UP EARLY: Wake up early in the morning and make the most of the day.
- PERSONAL CARE: Take a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, exercise, and take good care of personal hygiene.
- READ & READ SOME MORE: Make reading a part of your routine. Read about the things you want to achieve and take notes from the people who succeed in their journey of your path.
- MEDITATE: It’s very important to relax your body and mind to focus better on things. Sit in a dark, quiet room and meditate for around 20-30 mins every day.
- SETTING UP A GOAL & FOCUS ON IT: The most important habit is to keep focusing on your goal and work for it on a daily basis.
- POSITIVE ATTITUDE: Keep your thoughts positive and keep peace with everything. Do not hate or keep grudges for anyone. Remember, there is no one at your competition but you.
5. Where Do I See Myself in the Next 5 Years, And What Steps I’m Taking to Make It Happen?
Yes, I know that it’s almost impossible to predict the future even for tomorrow, and we are talking about the next 5 years. But this is what goal setting is all about. This is how big companies work by setting their goals for the next 10 years and achieve it through proper planning and hard work. If they can, you can do this as well. Make a chart of things you want to achieve to get to the destination and start working according to it from now. Take necessary steps, join networks, and make connections with influential peoples who can help you to achieve your goals.