Touching Freedom: Living a Life with Purpose – pt1

I’ve wondered for more than 40 years: “What is Life Purpose?” We’ve heard about it – at least the rumours and promises about what Life Purpose is supposed to be.  Thing is, I took “purpose” on as a belief in my life – and I’ve been confused every since, lol.

From my many many travels in my life journey so far, and after years of study and experimenting by using my life as the guinea pig/test subject, I was beginning to wonder if Life Purpose was just another thing to keep us busy and pre-occupied until we died.  You know, like the ever-elusive question of “What is the meaning of life?”.  And always with the same result: no answers, more questions, more discussions, more confusion, and just more pain.

When I wasn’t getting anywhere to satisfy my curiosity (and desires), I decided to ask a bigger question: What is the point of having Purpose in our lives anyway?  To me, it sounds like something that means hard work; or some psycho-babble; or even still, some philosophical conspiracy only for people with a lot of time on their hands with nothing better to think about and consider.

As expected (being a ‘whyzassker’), I came to some further wonderings: What does having Life Purpose look like?  Feel like?  Why is it so important?  Am I missing out on something by not knowing or having or living my Purpose?  Is Purpose real?  And this all started when I was still a young teen – ackkkk!

In seeking these answers, I came to a long and slow personal realization from my wonderings, wanderings, and reasoning:

  1. Seeking a Life Purpose is a big thing to think about.  It forces us to invest a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (literally) in deciphering it’s meaning and application in our personal, private, secret, and public lives.
  2. Knowing and having our Life Purpose is more difficult than learning how to become a rocket scientist.  I think that’s probably why most of us sometimes go to great lengths to avoid the thought of it altogether. After all, the way the world is, it’s easier to settle with what we’ve got, be thankful, and hope we have a next life to make it all right. Huh? Can you relate?
  3. Living Our Life Purpose is a whole new ball of wax altogether.  Without a doubt, it is alwaysfull of wonder, surprises, creativity, guilt, accomplishment, second-guessing, introspection, sorrow, compassion, and much more.

    And this is just in the first day!

As difficult as it may be to understand at this point; the benefits of having awareness about Life Purpose are immediate:

1 – Just having the light go on in our head begins the wonderful ‘life of colour’, and then

2 – Knowing and realizing how everything we’ve ever done or felt in the past (for all those years) now makes complete sense.

Next post, let’s look at this intriguing question and our way of being.

Kevin

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Nietzsche says about our life:

There is no truth, no meaning to life in the world that is relevant to you, except the truth that you yourself give your life.

… To give life a meaning:

that has been the grand endeavor of all that have preached ‘truth’;
for unless life is given a meaning it has none.

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At this level, truth is not something that can be proved or disproved:

It is something which you determine upon, which, in the language of the old psychology, your will.

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It is not something waiting to be discovered, (it is not) something to which you submit or at which you halt:

It is something you create, it is the expression of a particular kind of life and being which has, in you, ventured to assert itself.

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Because each particular life and being needs a fortress within which to preserve and protect itself and from which to reach out …..

and truth (your meaning to life) is this fortress.