Finding Your Purpose In Life
Often times, I have found myself pondering on the ever popular thought -provoking question of “What is my purpose in life?” I am quite sure you have asked yourself this question at least once in your lifetime and hopefully you have already discovered your purpose, but for many of us, this daunting question constantly pulls and tugs at our deepest innermost core.
Perhaps instead you should be asking yourself “Is there a purpose to life?” On the one hand, if you take a religious perspective your life’s purpose is to live a life that is pleasing to God based on a set of beliefs and principles and motivated by an end reward. On the other, if you are an atheist like the famous 20th century philosopher John Dewey (1859-1952), you would explain, “There is no God and there is no soul. Hence, there are no needs for the props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded, then immutable truth is also dead and buried. There is no room for fixed, natural law or moral absolutes.”
The deeper I delve to seek the answers to this question, the more perplexed and frustrated I become as the possibilities seem rather limitless. So I have notched it up to my very own personal experiences and beliefs. Whether you believe in a God or not, we are all similar and go through similar situations, emotions and experiences. There are times in life when things are great and positive outcomes are achieved. At other times, life can be so brutal and heartless and moments are filled with hopelessness and despair. What truly matters is how you deal and react to those situations; that can make a huge difference.
Whatever or whoever you decide to be is entirely your decision and that is what I believe life’s purpose truly is: finding your true self, making choices based on situations and living to face the consequences of those choices.
After spending quite some time searching within myself, I have decided that my life’s purpose is to be the very best version of me, better than yesterday, loving myself wholeheartedly (flaws and all) and giving to people that which I would like to receive in return.
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