It is one of the biggest questions you can ask yourself in a lifetime: What is my life purpose?
People often use such a question as a sweeping generality, assuming that it is too big of a question to accurately answer. But, that is not necessarily true. In fact, many people can give answers to such a question. Some people might suggest that their purpose is a certain career or lifestyle. Others might say their spouse or children are their purposes.
While there is no one “right” answer as to what someone’s purpose may be, the real issue comes from people who are struggling to find their life purpose. Many times, that struggle can come from being isolated or not feeling fulfilled in the way that you are living your life. If that sounds like you, trust me, you are not alone. The great news is that you don’t have to continue to struggle with finding your life purpose. There are a few things that you can do to help you discover what you are truly meant to do and be. So, how can you discover that purpose in your own life?
Donate to a Greater Cause
Most of the time, you will discover that your purpose is bigger than something you ever could have thought. It may be bigger than your very being. One way to work toward that is to volunteer either your money, your time, or your skills.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you are giving back to a group or organization you feel passionate about. Have an understanding of what you’re doing and how it might help. When you help others, you start to focus less on yourself. So, instead of stressing out over what your purpose is, you might find it in a more natural, organic way by giving a piece of yourself to others in need.
Listen to What Others Have to Say
You might already know your passions in life, but it can take the view of someone you know and trust to make you realize it. Talk to the people closest to you and ask them what they think your purpose might be. What are you passionate about? What comes to mind when they think of you? Sometimes, an outside perspective can be just the thing to make you realize what your life really is all about.
Fill Your Life With the Right People
There are plenty of sayings about the importance of the company you keep. But, that company can also help you to realize who you really are and what your life purpose is – especially if you surround yourself with positive people.
The people you spend your time with should be ones that lift you up and encourage your passions and bring the very best out of you. If you are spending time with negative people who try to shoot down your dreams or do not want to hear about your thoughts, opinions, or ideas, you might end up believing in that negativity, yourself. That negativity can keep you from truly wanting to discover your life purpose, and your own negative self-talk can hold you back.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn
Discover Your Interests
This might seem silly at first. After all, you know what your own interests are, right? But, have you ever really developed them, or tried diving in deeper to one of them? What are the things you like talking about? What are the things you like looking? Maybe you can’t stop yourself from a conversation about world history when it comes up. Or, maybe you appreciate beautiful photography or artwork whenever you see it.
You can also consider the things that bother you. We are currently living in a society where it seems as though every time you turn on the news, you hear about a new type of injustice. Do you feel passionate about the things you are seeing and hearing? Do you wish you could do something about it?
When you take the time and stop to think about the things that capture your attention, you can learn more about yourself. Don’t be afraid to dive deeper into your natural interests. You might learn more than you think about who you are and what drives you to be that kind of person.
Don’t Give Yourself a Time Limit
Finding your purpose in life is not something that falls on a timeline. You don’t need to go on a specific journey, or try self-discovery techniques for a few weeks and assume that you will figure out your passions and purpose. In fact, for some people, discovering their true purpose is a lifelong journey.
There is beauty in that journey, no matter how long it takes. By trying to discover your true purpose, you are committing yourself to a lifetime of learning and self-awareness. It’s never a bad idea to discover who you are, even if it has to be done one step at a time.
Don’t be afraid to hit the pause button on your life sometimes and ask yourself if you truly feel like you are living out your life purpose. Self-reflection is a great place to start when it comes to discovering your life purpose and what you are truly meant to do.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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