When someone asks what the aim of their life is, the typical assumption would be that this is a philosophical question. You could approach this philosophically, of course; but it also can be practical and pragmatic.
Not everyone needs to know or is curious about the overall meaning of their life and why they are alive and on this planet or what the purpose of their existence is.
Someone wondering about the aim of their life could be a person that is unsure about the things they are doing.
- Maybe they are unsure about the path they have put themselves on.
- Maybe they aren’t sure about their education.
- Maybe they are unsure about their career path.
- Maybe they are unsure about their partner.
- Maybe they are even unsure about who they really are.
If we assume that people generally are looking to find ways to be happy or to attain happiness in some way, then someone looking to understand what the aim of their life is could be looking for their happiness, but in a more concrete and specific way.
They might not understand the choices they make or the actions they take. They could be following their emotions and not know why. For people in such a situation, it could feel like they are just floating through life, without any focus or direction. In such a case, any decision or action is as good or as bad as the next, and they are left wandering without any clear clue.
This could have profound effects on their emotional and mental well-being. Not knowing what they are doing in life, and who they are or who they want to be can negatively affect how they view themselves.
People asking this question are looking for something more tangible, more grounded and rooted in reality. Unlike a purely philosophical question, there are ways to figure out these things.
It’s a matter of taking the time to figure out your tastes and preferences, why you like or dislike something, what motivates and inspires you, who your heroes are, or traits you most admire. It’s a matter of figuring out what you are good at, what you like doing, and what you don’t.
Remember not to make the mistake of assuming that being good at something means you like doing it. It could very well be that you really dislike whatever it is that you are good at doing, and the things you like doing, you aren’t particularly expert at it.
Trying to figure this out can be a convoluted and confusing process, and it requires a great deal of introspection and self-reflection. If you put in the effort and time, and you know how to look, you can make a breakthrough and figure out what the aim is for your life, specifically. When that time comes, everything will snap into place and you’ll have an “Aha!” moment, or many “Aha!” moments.
Join us at College of Allied Educators to learn more about yourself, what motivates you, and how you can find happiness, meaning, and success in work, love, and life.
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