Ever since humanity as we know it began, men have been trying to answer some fundamental questions about our existence, and the meaning of it all: what is the meaning of life? Why are we here? How do we find our purpose and what is the right way to go through life? These are questions that will never be fully answered. These are such deep questions that it will take much more than a human mind to figure them out. Only God will know the absolute truth and the definitive answers. However, even if we will never be able to fully grasp the meaning of our time on this earth, we can strive to make something worthy out of our brief existence.
I do not have absolute answers, you probably don't either. We are not supposed to. But, I believe, after endless hours of introspection, prayer, and observation, I can give those that lack a clear purpose some advice regarding the things that tend to make this difficult life, a wonderful experience.
The arrogance of man knows no limit. For decades, evil forces have tried to forever eliminate faith from the lives of men, and they have all but completely succeeded. By deifying the individual human, enemies of truth and good have convinced our kind that there is no greater force, no spiritual world, and no God. They have been led to believe that what we see is all there is, that the world is nothing more than a pointless rock where the only truth is that of cause and effect, and absolute randomness.
If we are but random occurences in a random rock, there is not much point in living at all. But we aren't. We are creatures created in the image of God, placed here to speak His truth and fight for righteous causes. We are the only conscious beings that have ever existed, forever sharing a spiritual connection with our creator.
If you find yourself without purpose, look first at your relationship with God. Have you followed his teachings? Have you given yourself up to Him? If not, how do you expect to know how to live? You are but a human, and the answers that you seek won't be found within your mind, but in your heart, as soon as you devote yourself to Him.
It is very difficult to let oneself be overcome with nihilism and purposelessnes if one becomes aware of the infinite blessings that one has been given. It is difficult to complain, whine, and feel sadness when one opens his eyes to the multitude of things for which one can be grateful.
Evaluate your life and realize how much you can be grateful for. Start each day feeling gratitude in your soul, and I promise you, your life will taste sweeter and sweeter with each passing day.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” - Epicurus
I remember seeing Jordan Peterson saying something like "you can choose to care for nothing, in which case, nothing matters, or you can choose to care for everything, in which case, everythng matters", and I think about this very often. Not caring about anything means having nothing to live for. If you are looking to live a fulfilling life, you have to care about the right things, and take responsibility for them. When you care, deeply, about your family, your faith, your career, your health, and take responsibility for those things, you won't ever live a day without purpose, because the very meaning of your life will be clear at every step.
Many young men find it tempting to adopt a nihilistic and detached mindset, to avoid being hurt by tough circumstances, but that will not help live a life filled with purpose. Live instead a life of caring and responsibility. Sure, you might suffer when things go wrong, but as a whole, your life will be the brightest of experiences.
“We must each adopt as much responsibility as possible for individual life, society and the world. We must each tell the truth and repair what is in disrepair and break down and recreate what is old and outdated. It is in this manner that we can and must reduce the suffering that poisons the world. It’s asking a lot. It’s asking for everything.” - Jordan Peterson
Family is what has brought meaning to the lives of untold generations of men and women. I won't get into discussing the obvious attempts by modern degenerates to disregard and defame the family unit as a weapon of the "patriarchy", I'll simply say this: have some humility. You don't know better than the millions and millions of of minds that have struggled, died and suffered in order to determine the fundamental necessity of the family unit. Do not fall prey to arrogance and believe that you have a better solution to the problems of society.
A fulfilling life starts and ends with a healthy, well-organized family. If you are one of the many young men and women that preach an individualistic lifestyle, I encourage you to reevaluate your priorities. At the very top of that hierarchy should be finding a good partner, and building a strong, healthy household, to prolong your bloodline, preserve your traditions and bring true meaning to your life and to the lives of every member of your family.
Ancient men dedicated their lives to creating beauty in every sense, and I am sure they weren't as worried as we are with finding purpose in their lives, because their work was their purpose. I believe that, no matter who you are, you should dedicate time and energy to creating beauty. This not only means painitngs or sculptures (even though they absolutely count), but to make your creative energy manifest in the physical world by any means possible. Create a family, create a business, build a house, write a book. Make something out of something else. Make it beautiful. Pour your heart and soul into your creative project and I assure you, you'll find in that type of work an underrated source of meaning.
I think we have all felt stuck at some point in our lives. It is difficult to feel fulfilled when we perceive a lack of progress in our lives. We have a deeply embedded need for growth, progress, and improvement. Think about the people in your life that feel the most satisfied with life. They, most likely, are moving forward constantly.
It's normal to have moments where we feel as though we're standing still. Nevertheless, it can be tough to feel stuck. I've found that a good way to be constantly progressing and thus, increase your life satisfaction is to have multiple different endeavors in which you can measure and track the progress that you're making. To give you an example, I am constantly seeking to move forward in three endeavors: my day job, this blog, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. That means I'm never standing still: If I can't train, I'm still growing my blog and my IG page. If I have a bad week and the content from my blog doesn't have the impact that I expected, I still train BJJ and make progress there. The key here is forward motion. It's making progress constantly. It's being able to look back and see how much better you've become.
I encourage you to find various things that you can work on simultaneously, and I promise that you'll never feel stuck again.
Progress is purpose.
These are some of the ways that I have managed to find purpose and fulfillment in my life. As I said, I don't have all the answers, but I still think that the things I have detailed above can help some men fill their lives with meaning.
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