Have you ever asked yourself, what is the purpose of my life? I know it was a question I pondered for many years while I suffered from depression. It always seemed to be at the forefront of my thoughts. If there was no purpose for my depression, was I merely existing in purgatory? I wondered what the point of existing was? This process of reflection can be overwhelming and dangerous for a person suffering from depression.
Everyone needs a purpose. The dictionary defines purpose as follows.
“the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.”
“an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.”
Everything we do is for a purpose. Therefore, a purpose is situation dependant. The actions we take have a reason behind them. We eat because we are hungry. We drink because we are thirsty. We live because…
By breaking down the very definition of what purpose was, I came to understand how to identify my purpose. I needed to look no further than my actions. For example, my goal for this blog is to help others overcome depression through the use of personal development as I have done. My blog posts topics align with that purpose. Now, if my blog posts were about puzzles, clearly my purpose is no longer the same. Or if it is, I need to stop writing about puzzles!
We all create our purpose! It’s whatever we want it to be. Also, our purpose can change. This realization led me to ask some very tough questions about my life. What was the purpose of my life based on the actions I was taking? If I had a purpose to no longer be depressed, what steps would I need to take to fulfil my purpose?
One thing about depression is that you don’t understand why you feel the way you do. Negative and sometimes horrific thoughts are circulating through your mind like poison coursing through your bloodstream. One of the actions I would frequently take when I was depressed, was to stay in bed and try to sleep. Sleeping was my escape from the thoughts themselves and the feelings that came as a result. My purpose when I felt depressed, was to escape.
Is it any wonder that someone would want to flee from the dreadful state their mind has created? Is it any wonder that someone would feel depressed if they were unable to stop these self-defeating thinking patterns? Of course not! Similarly, you can begin to understand the mindset of someone suffering from severe depression, when their purpose becomes how to escape life itself. Morbid, I know! Be that as it may, it is important to understand the power of purpose.
As I stated earlier, our purpose can change, and this is so important because if we can change our purpose, we can change our life. Remember that your purpose is your reason. If your reason for something is big enough, it will enable you to take the actions needed to get you to your desired result.
What is the purpose of your life? The answer is, whatever you decide! If you are feeling depressed, take stock of what is happening in your life. Ask yourself some questions to help you understand where you are and where it is that you would like to go. You need to spend some time self-evaluating. If you don’t know where you would like to go, how can you expect anything more than your current situation?
What is the purpose of the actions you are currently taking?
Would you like to change your purpose?
What if you decided to make overcoming depression your purpose?
What actions will you need to take to align with your purpose?
Everyone is different, and these questions are only suggestions to help you get your brain juices flowing. If you find yourself in a mind hole wondering what the purpose of life is, you’re most likely at a point where some self-evaluation is needed. Depression is ugly and the answering the questions may be difficult. Nonetheless, challenge yourself to look inside and answer these issues. I know you will gain an understanding of what your purpose is!