A distinction marked as significant and difficult to overcome.
A boundary between life and life’s end.
What is your great divide? How do you define your life’s meaning?
Viktor E Frankl once said, “The meaning of life, is to give life meaning.” Not only was this man influenced by his background and suffering from which he endured; this man was an incredible professor, neurologist, and psychiatrist — his words are truly empowering as he embraces his teachings in the humans search for meaning.
In this article, you will find that I will be referencing Viktor Frankl. Now, I’m not one to read or even like philosophy because not having a definitive answer freaks me out and makes me anxious. But interestingly enough, Viktor’s words have helped me put my own worries, aspirations, and questions into perspective. Because that is really what finding meaning in one’s life is all about, right? Finding perspective. At the end of this reading, I hope you find inspiration in his words to help you journey onward, as I have.
Ask yourself one simple question, how do you define your life’s meaning? When you ask yourself that question, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
When I ask myself, what is the meaning of life? The first thing that comes to mind is stillness & peace. Growth & passion. Inspiration & appreciation.
I’m not sure if that is because of the chaos surrounding my every move and actions at this point in time, or the suffering I’ve endured. But as I sit here asking myself that very same question, that is where my conclusion lies. I’ve risen above through the darkest of times, yet I’ve also found myself struggling and battling my overwhelming lows. It’s a question so many people ask themselves at one point or another to help put that next life’s journey or aspiration into something tangible — what is the purpose for all of this?
Everyone has a different perspective on the general meaning of life, and more importantly, how they define the meaning of their own life. This is where Viktor’s words come to light.
“The meaning of life, is to give life meaning” — for those who don’t know the meaning or purpose in your own life, know that somewhere out there, purpose and meaning do exist. It is up to you to determine your own meaning, find your own perspective, and to draw your own conclusions for what you want your life to be. It is up to you to fulfill and act upon how you envision your story to unfold. How you see the world around you.
Life has no inherent meaning and no one individual can provide you meaning. How we make sense of our individual perspectives comes down to our individual experiences, our individual obstacles, and our individual triumphs — how our own life’s journey has positioned us to believe what we believe to be true, even if that is not how others view things.
Now, I’m not writing this to give you a philosophical lesson. I’m writing this because whether or not you want to admit it, there are hundreds of thousands of people asking themselves this same question on a daily basis. Some for the sake of setting personal goals and achievements, some because they are in a dark place and are searching for that inspiration, that light at the end of the tunnel.
Meaning and purpose do exist, but we have to find the courage and bravery to find it on our own. To stand on our own two feet and challenge our fears, darkness, aspirations, and triumphs. To look darkness in the eye and challenge it’s obstacles — because there is a greater purpose, and there is a greater light. But you have to believe there is in order to achieve your personal greatness. You have to believe in order to push yourself to your greatest heights.
You have to believe in order to find your life’s extraordinary meaning.
“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt