There is a number of subjects he rambles across in this video, but to me it’s another view of looking at one’s life and re-assessing. I really want to share this for those who want to seek out their purpose and want some guidelines.
I have often, as I am sure many others have, heard someone make the comment that depression and happiness are a ‘choice’.
I always wanted to say something about this concept, but could never find the words … but I had a discussion today that helped me solidify this today, so I’m sharing.
The concept of embracing life is supposedly clear enough. One embraces life if one values the people, experiences and even objects that constitute one’s life.
I think, in this sense, those of us who do not believe in an afterlife are more likely to be able to embrace life. However, those of us who do not believe in an afterlife are also far more likely to face that basic existential crisis. Doubly so, in fact as there is no Deity or theosophy to tell you that the taking your own life is wrong. Thus the weight of the seeking out “why?” and ask “where is the purpose?” weighs heavier on our minds.
I do not know if there is an answer. In all honesty, I can only assume we must, for our own sanity, come up with an answer that will suit ourselves.
We must discover a sense of purpose for ourselves.
This, as our Japanese brethren tell us, is our Ikigai (“ee-ki-guy”).
My raison d’être. Not just a passion, but a deep understanding of what will bring me true satisfaction and meaning to my life.