Ask yourself this—what gets you out of bed in the morning?
You’re always late, you sleep in frequently, or you’re just plain not motivated to do things. Your morning is a long slog repeated everyday, yet everyday you still don’t know how you manage to get through it.
A common factor to this is that you lack a purpose, or you just haven’t clearly defined one yet. If you think you have one—good, great, write it down on a piece of paper and tape it onto you bathroom mirror. Leave it as a reminder to yourself of what you’ve been working for. That’ll get you up in the morning. But for those of you who feel you don’t have a purpose, that’s fine—just keep reading.
The reality for our labor force is that we only have one broad, and very distant end goal. That’s retirement.
Two out of every three Americans save for retirement. Working throughout their early years, they save just enough money to pay the bills now and to live out their most feeble years without working at all later. And that concept in itself doesn’t age well. Because when you don’t have meaningful work, then you don’t have a purpose, and this work isn’t to be confused with your day job.
Consider this when you’re waiting for what money you have left to dry, and it’s either that or waiting to die.
Retirement is no end goal, it’s just a backup plan, and one that you should never have to fall back on.
A common problem with our retired elderly population is that they have a tendency to fall into depression. After having worked all their lives, when retirement dawns on them, they realize they don’t have a reason to get out of bed in the morning anymore. They haven’t defined a goal beyond what was already their end goal. They were already at the end.
But this can be combated, not matter what stage you are in your life. Purpose isn’t easy to find, but the fact of the matter is that it comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They come numerously and you can pick up and try different hobbies, crafts, and jobs. You aren’t set to just one, so there’s no commitment.
Applied purpose is finding work that you find meaningful, enjoyable, and one that provides value to others (If you don’t think it does, think again, because there usually is a way to stretch this that you haven’t thought of yet).
Again, this isn’t to be confused with your day job. However, if you find that it is, then that’s all the better. But for most of the labor force, meaningful work is found as a project you’re working on outside of your work hours. Whether you’re working on a book or writing a song, whether you’re sketching art or starting up a new blog. Find some way to give value to society, because when you’re giving back to others, you’ll find that you’ll have a lot more purpose then when you’re just giving to yourself.
The gist is to never stop having a purpose, no matter what stage of life you’re in. Your lifetime is too short and negligible to live without one, because if you lack purpose, then you lack a reason to live.