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    Default Finding meaning in your life.

    This is a question for some of the more life worn people in the forum out there.
    Have any you come to the point, where the struggle for life, the day to day activities just seem pointless. You guys probably know from some of my inferences that I've just come through a particularly difficult period in my life. I don't think I'm depressed, not yet any way, but I've arrived at period of stillness in my life, where I'm regrouping my self, and reconstructing my world view.
    How did you find meaning in your life once again and when did you begin to feel like you were moving forward again? I just feel lost, some thing I haven't felt since my early to mid twenties, and I feel weird not having a purpose, or some goal (how ever ridiculous it may be). I really need to get my mojo back.
    Currently submerged under an avalanche of books and paper work. I may come back up for air from time to time.
    Real life awaits and she is a demanding mistress.

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    Working gave my life meaning. I'm a workaholic. It is my passion.

    Helping my mom with her finances. Working on my fitness.

    Build an empire. It will be your meaning.

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    In my mid twenties, I began to find meaning in my life, but it wasn't intentional, it all began with the desire to "cleanse" myself of all the bitter feelings I had about people and life in general. I didn't really have an idea of what was going to come of it, but by trying to eliminate my negative disposition towards everyone and everything, I found that I was more open to listen to people who I felt were genuine. Luckily at the time I was working for a very perceptive woman who somehow understood I was having a hard time. She would take her lunch breaks with me, and we would just talk about life. I knew she was a caring, feeling person, and I trusted her instinctively. She really paved the way to helping me open up to people, and learning how to trust again. I should state, that I am still in the process of learning how to do so, but it all began with that initial desire to not be negative.

    I'm saying all of this, because sometimes finding meaning shouldn't necessarily mean that you are actively seeking something new apart from your life, but it can also mean, looking at your life now, and seeking to change those things about you that you feel just aren't right.

    I hope that helps you.

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    there is no meaning in life, just try to enjoy it while it lasts

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    I have purpose. My purpose is helping the offspring able to make independent lives for themselves.

    Meaning . . . I think I'm a little too GenX for that concept. Really, nobody is even going to remember my name a fifty years after I'm gone unless some descendant gets on a genealogy kick. I just try to not screw things up too bad for myself and others and enjoy the little things when they happen.
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    "You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."

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    I ordered a copy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireyPheonix View Post
    This is a question for some of the more life worn people in the forum out there.
    Have any you come to the point, where the struggle for life, the day to day activities just seem pointless. You guys probably know from some of my inferences that I've just come through a particularly difficult period in my life. I don't think I'm depressed, not yet any way, but I've arrived at period of stillness in my life, where I'm regrouping my self, and reconstructing my world view.
    How did you find meaning in your life once again and when did you begin to feel like you were moving forward again? I just feel lost, some thing I haven't felt since my early to mid twenties, and I feel weird not having a purpose, or some goal (how ever ridiculous it may be). I really need to get my mojo back.
    I've experienced this, I turned 31 lately, I'm not really old enough for a proper mid life crisis and I tend to take a stoic and incredibly long view on things anyway but I am feeling that things have taken a turn for diminished opportunities vs. hightened expectations/hopes maybe.

    Two things have been pretty important in this, I've always been really certain about my religion but I've had serious doubts this past while, in part to do with what I've been reading but also with just how pervasive and widespread disbelief or angry atheism is. I remain pretty much stoked because some of the disrespectful attitudes towards my beliefs make me furious but that's no remedy for my doubts.

    A lot of my other beliefs have a terrible isolating effect, they arent popular or shared but I think they are important and I boldly maintain them, I'm not a beast of left or right properly understood, they're like leviathan and behemoth, but I identify most strongly with socialist beliefs which are simply dismissed as relics, the very linguistic filters which have been generated since before the seventies have reframed things so those beliefs and labels associated with them are just prejorative or terms of abuse.

    I dont struggle for meaning, I sort of have that but sometimes its not fufiling or totally satisfying, although man doesnt live by meaning alone if you know what I mean.

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    You know I read that, I've got his autobiographical Recollections to read and I'm hoping that may be a bit better. Didnt really find it that impressive, Primo Levi's survival in Auschiwitz was about as good but Levi decided one day to use the revolver in his desk to shoot himself dead.

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    The concentration camp process seemed like an introduction for the important stuff, not the real purpose of the book.
    "You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."

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