What is the point of life?
People who have been going through a rough time and who feel depressed often ask the question what is the point of life? Their life often seem to be so insignificant to them. Why bother being nice to people, why bother trying to improve yourself, what is the point of life? What is the point of life is the question that philosophers and great thinkers have been trying to figure out for ages. For example:
The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it. Karl Marx
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. Carl Gustav Jung
Even religions and other philosophies have been trying to help people to find meaning and purpose in their lives. From my own experience:
Here are 4 strategies to help you see the light in the darkness
- Talk to a professional therapist, psychologist or coach whichever you feel is the right person for you. A professional might not be
the solution to your suffering, but they can help you get you out of depression or help you to work through a rough time. Help is available everywhere, we need to take action and take the first step to seek professional support.
- Reframe your beliefs. Oftentimes it is the beliefs that we hold about ourselves (and sometimes about other people) that is holding us back from truly connecting. The journey to get to know our true self is to overcome ego and return to our hearts in spirit. In order to do this we have to change our focus sometimes and be open to change our own mind in order to reach greater clarity about ourselves and the people around us. Maybe you are on the path to a spiritual awakening. Many people who were depressed before have reached enlightenment through deep suffering. What is happening is that we (our ego) suffers so much that we cannot hold the suffering anymore and we simply surrender. The moment that we surrender to our suffering we overcome our ego and enlightenment takes place.
- Find a philosophy or a teacher that can help you to find your path in life. The Suited Monk philosophy is one way, there is Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, positive psychology. They all have a different way of representing the ‘’truth’’ in life. There is only one truth which is represented in different ways. The Suited Monk provides a modern approach to help people find their path in life. By choosing a particular philosophy you have a roadmap and a model you can use and copy to find your true self, your path.
- Learn to take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and appreciate for who you are with all your gifts, talents and unique mind. Practice going out for a walk daily, go for a meditation, feel your body. Have a nice cup of tea or coffee in a coffee shop and read a good book.
But what is the point of life? In the end it is the journey towards ‘’self-realization’’ . The point of life is to find your true self, your spirit so you can become whole and one.
This is often not an easy process, but there is a way. Daily reflection and gaining new awareness about your emotions, your thoughts and mind and the cultivation of your spirit will lead you to your own enlightenment and awareness. It sure did for me.
I had to learn to reframe my own beliefs, I thought I was not good enough because I didn’t had an MBA so I thought I could not become successful in life. I struggled with negative emotions and deep suffering because I never felt loved growing up. I was not living a life on purpose for the beginning of my life and early career.
So if you have are wondering about ‘’what is the point of life’’, try one of the above strategies and see how it affects your mind, your emotions and your spirit.
If you need any further support, I’m here to help. I am a philosopher and coach helping people find their path in life.
My books the Suited Monk and Suited Monk Leadership are also available on amazon.com