2016 hasn't been easy on people. At least, that's the impression I got while reading the many posts on Facebook on 31 December. Posts of people who were really glad to be rid of 2016. Like from the bottom of their heart glad (well, honestly, the words used on some posts were a bit more crude hahaha).
It got me thinking.
Interestingly enough, around the same time, I had many conversations with friends that all ended up with us talking about "what is my life's goal?" and all of them not coming up with a satisfying answer. Just tons of questions.
WHAT is going on here? Why are people discontent? Why do many of them feel like that there must be "something else out there". Something more than just work and money. One of my friends summed it up in an Instagram post: My life is extremely similar to Rihanna's song. Just work, work, work and the rest of it I can't really understand.
I believe my friends talk to me about these heartfelt issues because they know that my life hasn't been only about work and money for some years now. They know I struggle with my issues, my life but somehow they feel free enough to share "deep things".
I am flattered. That's the kind of friend I want to be. Their trust is a wonderful gift.
I obviously don't have ready-made answers for them. I am no phychologist. I think a lot though. I read a lot too but I don't have all the answers.
All I can do is telling them my credo. Words that I read somewhere and that stuck with me.
My life's goal is ... living.
Living. Just that.
Living your life, day after day, in a way that pleases you. Really pleases you. From the bottom of your heart.
A life where you get to know yourself. Your heart. Your soul.
You start with yourself and then you go on to the "rest of it" that my friend's post mentioned.
Sounds too cheesy for you? Well, it may be. I strongly believe though that's it's worth a try.