“What is the Meaning of Life?”
That’s ‘the’ question. At least, it’s the one we all hear.
Let’s see how it feels to ask some other, equally valid forms of the question.
This collection of life-sized questions can be a fun exercise to evaluate your sense of purpose.
Likely, you won’t have answers to many of these questions. That’s ok, and this website aims to help with that.
In simply knowing these questions – feeling familiar and curious about them – you will achieve a higher level of consideration of meaning in life.
So play with them! Put them on your radar. Go through them, perhaps with a friend or family member. Ask, “Tell me more about that” and “What else?”
What is a life very well-lived?
Who am I? What do I love? What is love? How do I love more? How can I live my best life?
What are the qualities that make my life most worth living?
Looking back from the end of my life, what will I reflect on most fondly?
When I really think about it, what truly matters to me?
What top 10 qualities would you hope your children would have in their lives?
Is life about being happy? Am I happy?
Since death alone is certain, and the time of death uncertain, what should I do?
If money and fear were not hurdles, what would my life look like in 5 years? 10 years?
What validates your life and feeds your soul?
Does life have a purpose? What's mine?
What wants to enter the world through me?
When (if) I really stop and think about the big, big, BIGGEST picture of life, I often think about ______, ______, ______, ______ .
(bonus) 3 things I’ll do/start within 1 week are ______, ______, ______ . . .
Describe you perfect day, full of meaning and joy.
→What about a perfect year?
What are the very most precious things to you?
→Why, for each, are they so precious to you?
Think of someone's life you really admire . . . not because of pure fame, or fortune, although those may be present. People who have lived or are living a full, joyous life that ``fires on all cylinders.`` Someone who sucked the juice out of life, and drank fully of the nectar of life. How does that person's life match up (and not) to the 4 cornerstones of a meaningful life?
How much juice might you be able to squeeze out of the fruit of life? What might bring the corners of your mouth up to their fullest potential of joy/contentment/satisfaction?
Imagine what you see as your full potential (not miracle/impossible) -- what would you look like, be thinking, be doing, where, with whom?
What's the point of it all? What does that mean? What does it really mean? What does that look like, in all facets of life?
What is the thing in the world that brings you the most joy? What are the next 4 things?
So where am I from & where am I going? What do I stand for? What values do I live by?
What is my plan & what are my intentions?
Where do I belong, what is my calling and what does fulfillment look like to me?
What concerns me and what inspires me?
Family structure, parental background, relationship status, socio-economic circumstance, religion, nationality, education, age are all inconsequential identifiers to who I am NOW and my experience of life NOW. These crude categories are just the boxes we use to socially model one another, and they exist as an attempt to empathize and understand the ‘other’ from the ‘self’; helping us establish common ground and familiarity with that which is unknown; they aren’t, however, who I am!
Suffice to say, I am more than these empty tick-boxes. I am more than these by-products of division and classification. Who am I beyond my nationality, my socio-economic background, my age, my qualifications, my family? Where’s the substance, what makes me up to be this person I profess to being?
You walk into a funeral, look around and realize it’s YOUR funeral. (Yikes!)
You take a seat and look around at all the people there to celebrate you and your life. (Imagine that for a moment if you feel so inspired.)
Then you listen to some eulogies.
The exercise: Who says what? What does your spouse or significant other say? Your kids? Your friends? Your colleagues? Random people you may have helped at some point in your life?
Think about that. Write it down.
What qualities do they mention? What VIRTUES do you want to remembered for? Your kindness? Your presence? Your generosity? Your courage? Your ability to inspire others? Your creativity? Your commitment? What is it for you?
Feeling high on the questions of life?
Revisiting these questions from time to time over the days, months, and years will improve your level of consideration of meaning in life.
“Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart… Try to love the questions themselves… Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given because you would not be able to live them — and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answers.”
—Rainer Maria Rilke