Thinking about the meaning of life and your purpose?
You may be unhappy with the person you have become or the choices you have made. You may feel stuck in a relationship or job you do not like. Or you may feel that something is missing in your life but you are just not exactly sure what.
Or you were happy with your life in the past but after the loss of something that used to bring meaning to your life, you struggle to adjust. Profound losses come in many forms, such as losing a child, losing a life partner, losing a house, bankruptcy, or losing a job after working in one place for many years.
Perhaps you just realized that all your life you have been trying to be someone you are not. You may have put a lot of effort into building “a façade” and in the process you lost track of what makes you special.
There are times when life feels like a wonderful journey. However, things don’t stay the same. Every now and then life throws challenges at us that may seem impossible to overcome. There might be periods in life when we may feel that we have lost everything, that life has no purpose, and that there is nothing to look forward to. How to go on in this case?
It’s a lifelong process for all of us to learn how to make the best out of any given circumstances.
Finding your authentic self and accepting yourself for who you really are might be easier said than done. Learning to cultivate your unique talents and strengths is not an easy undertaking but it may open up new opportunities and give a greater sense of self-fulfillment.
What can help is to remind ourselves what is important for us and how we imagine and wish our life should be. Making choices that are in line with our core values and principles can minimize regrets at the end of our life – regrets about what we did or didn’t do.