5 Keys To Finding Meaning In Later Life
5 Keys To Finding Meaning In Later Life
We all want to feel like we have something special to offer the world. We all want to know that our lives have a unique purpose, and they do. Our lives seem so short in the grand scheme of things. But how can we know that what we do today will matter when we reflect in our later years? How can we start to make our life have meaning not only for us, but for others? The answer to that question varies from person to person. We can, however, apply a few keys to this inquiry to help us find meaning later on in life.
1. Consider The Long Run
The choices that you make today can very well impact your future, even if they seem insignificant at the moment. Hold any decision you are to make against the thought, “Is this choice going to take me where I want to be down the road?” Even the smallest decision can change the course of your life, so be cautious when accepting or declining offers, opportunities, people, and ideas. Don’t be too rash in your decisions. Always, always, always take the high road. Living with a future mindset will help you to make smart choices. Think about how you want your life to be years form now and don’t accept anything into your life that does not fit in with that plan.
2. Find Your Niche
It is said that where your talent and your passion are, there lies your life’s calling. Make a list of all the things that you are talented at and care deeply about. Reflect and see what areas you excel in where people are considered. You may be a good counselor, listener, or public speaker. See where the two intersect and that most likely is your niche. Focus on perfecting your various talents. Take classes, read books, job shadow. Learn as much as you can about the niche that interests you. Read up on organizations that feature what you’re passionate about, then give whatever you can to that passion. You can give by volunteering, giving money, or just emotional support. Study the lives of those who have similar talents and passions as you to see what they chose to do with their niche. In knowing who you are and what you are interested in, you will find meaning in your life. Don’t let anyone tell you what your niche should be. Make that decision yourself, because in the end it is you who has to find meaning in what you have done.
3. Develop A Relationship With A Higher Power
Developing a relationship with a higher power can give your life meaning like nothing else can. For one, you have someone to ask advice from. You can ask a Higher Power to give you advice from anything like relationships to jobs.. Even to things that seem small at the time. People who have relationships with a Deity tend to have peace and feel that their life has had meaning. A sense of fulfillment and contentment follows those people wherever they go. Having a relationship with a Higher Power will also give your life some sense of direction due to the praying, meditating, and reading of religious books. Inspiration is a great companion to have while searching for meaning in life.
4. Set Big Goals
Don’t be afraid to dream bigger dreams than you ever have before! Set higher standards for yourself as personal motivation. Compile a list of detailed goals for yourself to complete. Bucket or “To Do” lists are a great thing to have, not a nuisance or something that is impossible to complete. Having those goals written down on paper makes them seem more realistic than just a thought. Chances are, the things that you want to do may just have something to do with your life’s purpose. Living fully means you are setting the bar high in all areas of your life; your relationships, your career, and your endeavors with anything in general. Don’t be worried if your life goals look different than the life goals of someone else. Everyone has their own purpose in life and their own goals needed to get there. That’s part of what makes our world so unique.
5. Be Fearless
Take hold of the opportunities that come your way without being fearful of whether you are capable or not. Those opportunities often make up our lives. Take that job offer, start that business, ask that person to lunch. Develop a mindset that says “I can do it!”. Give your life a sense of adventure in all areas. Don’t be afraid to take a chance on something that seems to be too hard for you. You might just find that the thing you thought you couldn’t handle was a big part of your life’s meaning. When you are older and contemplating your life, make sure that you can reminisce on what you did, rather than regret what you didn’t do. Don’t be too afraid to be yourself. Often, our biggest “What if” moments center around being afraid to look silly or trivial. By being fearless, you will make it easier for your life purpose to be fulfilled.
Remember, no matter how you feel at the moment, you do have meaning. Your life has a reason. You are here on earth for a purpose. Finding that purpose can be challenging at times, but following the mentioned keys will help you along in your process. Find that purpose and work so that you can look back on your life with a smile, knowing you fulfilled your life’s meaning.