The one thing that most people want in life is to know that their life is meaningful. No one wants to reach the end of their life and feel like they’ve wasted all their opportunities. I think this lines up really well with our topic of the month, fun, because we tend to enjoy life more when we’re feeling useful, helpful, and needed. Doing good brings a strong feeling of pride to us and makes us feel (almost) invincible, or at least like our favorite superhero. Living a meaningful life can also be really humbling because you’re having a possibly significant impact on someone’s life, an impact that can change them and their future in amazing ways, maybe giving them the opportunity to do really big things, things that you personally could never do.
Living a meaningful life can only happen if you’re willing to take action in your life. It’s very difficult for most of us to live a meaningful life from our couches. There are a few people who do, but most of us have to get out into the world in some way to make an impact, or at the very least interact with other people.
I think that living a meaningful life has to start with believing in yourself and that you have a gift (or several) you can share with the world. None of us are perfect, but we’re not required to be perfect, know everything or be good at everything in order to live a life of meaning or make a difference in the world. You don’t have to be the best baker to design websites. You don’t have to know anything about phones to paint. You don’t have to like animals to be a doctor. The list, and comparisons, are endless. Someone else is good at each of those things, but they don’t have to be good at others in order to fulfill a purpose, help someone else or feel fulfilled by life. In fact, if you try to do everything I don’t think you’ll find much happiness or meaning in your life.
You don’t have to wait until the end of your life to appreciate living a life of meaning either, you can enjoy it and feel fulfilled by it today. Many people also say that they find great pleasure, and fun!, by doing what they’re good at and making a difference in the world. Rather than trying to fight against the direction your life is pulling you in because you’re scared or feel stuck or don’t feel like you’re ready to make the jump, I would encourage you to work on at the very least dipping your toes into those things that you know make you feel more fulfilled and make your life more meaningful this week. Try at least one thing out that you’ve been wanting to do or get a little more creative about how you can incorporate those things into your current activities. What brings meaning to your life?