When you’re about to head into the weekend, you’re looking forward to what’s ahead. You look forward to the many things that you can finally do now or you can simply shift down a gear. After 5 days of work where you do things that have to be, you can finally do things on the weekend that bring you joy.

Honestly, I think that really sucks.

5 days doing things you don’t like, 2 days doing things you do like.
11 months doing things you don’t like, 1 month doing things you do like.

To me, an indisputable calculation. And that’s only because at some point you’ve decided on a job (a job in which you’re often unhappy) and haven’t yet given yourself answers to the important questions.

One of the first articles on this blog deals with the “call to adventure” and with a few questions you can ask yourself to get behind how to find what you really enjoy. That is, what your true passion is. But that’s just the beginning.

The meaning of life or the question around our existence.

It is somehow the question of all questions. For almost all people. What do I want? What is my purpose, my mission? Do I have a task? What do I want to look back on with pride at the end of life? What do I want to leave behind? Or even more what is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of my life? (is it perhaps even quite simple: love?)

Do you want to wake up every morning with a sinking feeling in your stomach that you have another day ahead of you on your hamster wheel? Maybe you also feel the desire for something bigger, something more meaningful.

If you have not yet succeeded in discovering your purpose in life and aligning your life accordingly, you may feel dissatisfied in your life. Finding your life’s meaning, however, can be a surprisingly simple process.

It may take some work to uncover the truth, to answer the question “What do I want?” but you hold all the possibilities to do this already within you.

Your purpose in life is just waiting for you to discover and use.

Living a life that aligns with your purpose will allow you to face the day each morning with a smile on your lips, renewed hope and a plan.

It is a tool that connects you to something meaningful outside of yourself. Everyone has a different “why.”

The trick is to find your own “why” that fits your values and talents.

If your life is stuck in a rut, finding the meaning of life is the first step on the path to an inspired life full of passion and happiness .

“The meaning of life is to live,
taste experiences to the utmost,
stretch yourself boldly and without fear
for new and rich experiences.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

What is the meaning in life? Why you need to answer this question for yourself

Perhaps you believe that work is called “work” for a reason (and many, unfortunately, define work as the meaning of life).ns) . You may think that life is hard and boring and that fun is only for kids and retirement.

All stages of life can be meaningful and exciting. Knowing that you are living the life that is right for you is the key to being happy every day.

The benefits of knowing meaning in life are far-reaching:

  • You are focused and there is clarity . When you don’t waste your time and effort on things that are important to you, you focus on other things. If the purpose of your life is not clear, it will be difficult to make effective decisions. Lack of direction, focus and purpose are problematic as you move through life. Knowing your purpose makes life easier.
  • Life is more fun! If you know your purpose in life and live by it every day, your life will be more enjoyable. When you have left your fears and self-doubts behind, you are in a better position to have fun.
  • You feel more passion in your life. Spending your day doing things that are important to you will result in awakening your passion. You will experience an enthusiasm that you thought was lost since childhood. With a bright future and lots of motivation, you’ll become unstoppable. All this is missing in a life without clear purpose.
  • You become part of something bigger than yourself. You will experience a security that is reassuring and peaceful. This is an opportunity to create a great and meaningful contribution to the world.

Finding the answer to the question “What is the meaning of life?” will change your life forever. How can you determine your meaning in life?

As you’ll see, there are several strategies.

“It’s a monotonous thing about the human race. Most of them process the greater part of their time to live, and the little bit of freedom that remains to them so frightens them that they seek all means to get rid of it.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Questions that reveal your meaning in life

Without self-reflection, it is impossible to find your purpose in life.

Answers are the results of questions.

Asking the right questions brings forth the answers you seek. When you ask the questions yourself, it is very important to listen to the answers as well. (Even if you have been saying ” I don’t know what I want” to yourself over and over until now).

The feedback can be very subtle and quiet. So keep your ears open.

Remember to write down your answers!

Ask yourself these useful questions:

1) If you had only one year to live, what would you spend your time doing?

With the ticking clock in our pocket, we have the opportunity to focus on the important things and let go of everything else.

The things that come to your mind as an answer to this question are the ones you should take a closer look at. Could you imagine den spending the rest of your life with one of these ideas?

Just remembering your mortality can sometimes be helpful. Remembering that your time is limited can change the habit of wasting time and indecision.

2) How do you want to be remembered?

What do you want your obituary to say? How do you want to be remembered by your children, friends and family?

Make a conscious decision about how you want to be remembered by others and plan your life accordingly. (Incredibly timeless and timely in this regard are the views of Stoic philosophy. It doesn’t get more practical than Marcus Aurelius).

3) What did you like to do as a child that you no longer do?

As children, we are very aware of what we like and what we don’t like. Also, young children don’t care about other people’s opinions. Children do things for the simple reason that they enjoy them.

What have you stopped doing over the years?

When we get to adolescent age, we may move away from the things we actually like to do because of social pressure and the need to impress others.

In young adulthood, we worry a lot about the feasibility of our decisions. “Can I make enough money doing this to maintain or improve my standard of living?”

With a little thought, you can find ways to make money doing what you really love.

Life is short. Find things you used to love to do and look for ways to give those a place in your life again.

4) What kind of discomfort can you handle?

In between you are annoyed by even the most perfect life. Living completely according to your purpose of life also has its drawbacks. What can you deal with? (And what are the negative aspects to your life purpose. Read more at my article about smart goals).

  • If you dream of being an artist, musician, writer or actor, you will fail at least 95% of your attempts.
  • If you want to open a law firm, you’ll work 80 hours a week for at least ten years.
  • Do you want to be a teacher? Can you handle annoying kids and demanding parents?
  • If you can’t handle the most difficult parts of this new life, you may want to reconsider your choice.

5) What issues and activities cause you to lose your sense of time?

Have you ever been so deep in conversation that you missed a meal or were surprised by how much time had passed?

  • Maybe you lose track of time when you play the guitar. However, take it a step further. Is this because of the guitar or music in general? Is it the guitar or the struggle against yourself and the progress you’re making?
  • Make a list of times when you were so focused that you forgot about everything else.
  • Imagine that in your career you would experience this phenomenon over and over again. You would never have to “work” again.

6) What do you dream about but are too afraid to do?

Admit it. There are things you fantasize about but can’t convince yourself to do. Maybe it’s Mount Everest, a play, or medical school. (The much-touted bucket list)

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  • Why haven’t you taken the first step in that direction? In many cases, you will find that your resistance to something new is fear. Often it is the fear of failure, especially in the eyes of others.
  • Always remember that the only way to become really good at something is to be really bad at it first. It’s unlikely that your first novel will be published. In fact, it will probably be terrible.
  • But the next attempt will be better. It takes time to learn a skill.
    The more setbacks you can endure, the greater your ultimate success will be.

7) How can you best help the world or people?

With all the problems we face on earth, how can you best solve one of them? This can also be an answer to the often asked question, “Does life have meaning?

  • True happiness also requires doing something for others.
  • It is impossible to tackle the world’s problems alone. You will be forced to work with others constructively and creatively. Herein may lie the kind of fulfillment you crave.
  • Make a list of all your skills, interests and talents that could make an impact in the world.

Have you taken time to ask these questions? Did you write down the answers?
How might these answers improve your life?

Of course, you can also approach the topic humorously:

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