We are born, we live, we die. Pretty blunt but that sums up our whole life. What goes on the middle, obviously, is entirely up to you. You have choices to make. Some serious ones too. And you have questions to ask yourself. How many of you ask yourself questions as you go on through your journey of life?
Many of us are in the wrong jobs, wrong relationships, wrong places all at the wrong times. Funny thing about that though is that too many of us also feel we are stuck there. We're not, you're not. You have choices, right? If you find yourself reading this article from a place of uncertainty, then maybe some of these questions will resonate with you and help you on a new path.
1. Am I in the right job?
That's a big one. Clearly we need to work to survive. Is your job the one you should be in until you retire though? Remember you are at work for 5-6 days a week, some 7 days. You spend more time at your job then anywhere else. Is the place you want to be? If not, can you change it? Of course you can. Are you ready to? That leads us to the next question.
2. Can I or am I ready to make changes?
You know some things have to change. You know exactly what has to change in order for you to be happy. Are you ready to make those changes? Are you there yet? What will it take to get you into that place to make these changes? Do you have to hit rock bottom of misery and despair? (I hope not). There are a lot of questions in this segment but change requires lots of questions and equally answers.
3. What do I really want to do?
With everything. Not just your work, or your family life or your day to day personal life, but in general, what is it that you really want to do? Is there a foundation you are passionate about that maybe you can help? Are animals your things? maybe you feel a pull towards the homeless or helpless. Life isn't just about working, paying bills and dying. We are here for a bigger purpose. What's yours? Find it, live it.
4. What more can I do?
To be happy, to feel fulfilled, to give back to the world, what more can you do? Is there something more you want to do? Do you want to leave a legacy? Do you want to sit quietly on the sidelines and help anonymously? Both are possible by the way. We can all do something to make the world a better place. We are all in this together, right? Do you want to be a part of changing the world? You can be.
5. Am I really in the right relationship?
Are you? How happy are you with your partner? Is it slightly ok or mediocre or is it mind blowing and blissfully beautiful? You married for richer for poor, in sickness and in health but do you regret those words now? Are you just going through the motions? Dig deep if you have to and get to the bottom of these. Talk to your partner. Maybe they feel the same way too and you two can reignite that passion, that flame, that desire and love. all things are possible where there is love.
6. In the end, will I have lived a full life?
Project forward. I get that we don't know when our time is up but today, right now, are you living the life you are supposed to? If you knew today was your last day can you say to yourself, you lived a life of ridiculous joy or will you be sad and tell yourself there are things you wished you would have done. Will there be regret or contentment?
So many questions, so little time. This is the only life you have. One shot, one chance. Are you making the most of it or are you going through the motions in a haze wondering if there is more to this life than what you are living?