I look at dogs and cats and envy how present they are, they don’t care about time, purpose or clarity in life. They just care that they can eat, drink, sleep, procreate and go to the toilet… They seem to be pretty damn happy most the time.
Have you ever thought about your purpose in life? I think about my purpose a lot... Some days I feel like I have clarity, other days I feel as though I am lost, we can all relate to this.
Creative Over Thinkers
Like a lot of people, I find myself to be quite creative on the inside. I am not very witty on the spot but give me some time and I can get inside my head and pull out some creative content, hence why I like to blog and not speaking on video so much. I have done video’s in the past but it is very forced unlike writing. Right now, I am literally just writing what I am thinking, I am not sure if this is going to be of any value to anyone or if I am even going to post this, I am just rolling with it…
“Creative thinkers think laterally, meaning they won’t just settle on one idea or thought, they will move across the idea/thought and search every angle. This will breed overthinking and it is also the reason why people like this struggle to find purpose in their life.” - Jordan Peterson
Anyway, the point I was getting to is exactly to do with the quote above that I heard from famous psychologist ‘Jordan Peterson.’ This quote was refreshing to me as it made me understand myself as to why I am always questioning what I am doing. I’m sure on one level or another you will be able to relate to this too.
If you enjoy doing something, do that! And do more of it! I spent far too long wondering whether Powerlifting is my purpose, what the fuck is a purpose anyway!? Do you enjoy Powerlifting!? “Yeah..” So do more of it, stop over thinking it Jake! As humans we have the ability to be good at a lot of things if we put our minds and energy into it. There is not one destined thing you are stuck with, you can do whatever the hell you like.
If you enjoy it, DO IT.
If you are doing the things you love and not harming anyone whilst doing it then that is a good start. We aren’t alive for a long period of time, the most we can do on our journey whilst we are alive is just be good… be good to the world, animals and people.
Be present, respect every little part of life, every moment and every memory created. the feeling of wind on your face, the taste of good food in your mouth, your friends and families presence, the sunshine on your body…
Many people blame the world for their problems, that needs to stop, own your problems, it actually isn’t a big deal to make mistakes, it is a part of life. You aren’t perfect, I am not perfect, no one is perfect… Stop being weak and own your mistakes, a stronger person knows their flaws and owns them whilst a coward runs away, blames others or lies.
SO I guess after all the over thinking I have done in the past, one way of putting my mind at ease is simplifying what purpose is and saying:
“Fuck it! Be present. Have fun. Be good to the world. Do the things you like.”
Be present like the dog or cat BUT plan for the future also. Take each day as is comes and enjoy every second you can before it is gone.
- Jake Fisher