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Meaning and Purpose – The Way to True Joy At Any Age


Feeling like your life really means something can be one of the most profound personal experiences you can have. This sense of purpose can take your happiness, security, and confidence to new heights. And the greatest part is that just about anything can cause you to feel important and needed, if you just take the time to focus upon and appreciate it.

Perhaps you’re an amazing parent, a top-notch professional, a valued team member, or a devoted volunteer. As long as you believe that you are somehow touching lives and/or making the world a better place, even if only in a small way, you’ve got all the reason in the world to feel important and special.

With true purpose in your life, you may just find yourself wanting to get out of bed a little bit earlier each day and going to bed a little later each night. You’ll likely know who you are, where you’re going, and how wonderful it will be when you get there! You won’t be looking for external forces to validate you as a person. You will feel secure and at ease in most situations.

Generally speaking, young adults seem more apt to cultivate a sense of purpose than do older individuals. This is quite possibly due to the fact that they’re really having fun and enjoying their lives. They’re dating, going to school, starting new careers, and are actively seeking purpose. Seek and you shall find, right?

As we age, however, we tend to become more uncertain, often second-guessing ourselves and demonstrating an almost hyper-sensitivity to the decisions we make. It could be that the kids have left the home (flew the coop, as they say) and you don’t feel quite as needed. Divorce, menopause, retirement, and aging in general can all take a massive toll on an individual’s self-worth and sense of meaning.

However, it is important to realize that purpose can be developed. It can be redeveloped. And you are never too old to reinvent yourself in some way. It can be done. You can do it. And here are some ways how:

  • Get yourself a fun new hobby. Gardening, model-building, classic car restoration. Anything that excites you.
  • Join some type of social club. Meeting new people is fun at any age. You can engage in conversation and do all kinds of fun things with like-minded individuals.
  • Begin an exercise routine. Keep your body alive, invigorated, healthy, attractive, and feeling wonderful. Swimming is always a great, fun way to do this.
  • Volunteer your time to those in need. This is where a great sense of contribution can really make you feel alive and good about yourself.
  • Never stop parenting. Despite what you may believe, your kids (and/or grandkids) will always love and need you.
  • Go back to work, if you’d like.
  • Strike up conversations with strangers. Be a good listener, a good friend.

Remember, the world is full of billions of people at all stages of life. You can always find people who can relate to you, and to whom you can relate. And if you happen to be single, don’t rule out the possibility of dating again. Love and excitement are never bad things.

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