Running away far from what you don’t want can push you towards what you want.
There was a time when I thought a secure and respectable job with a regular paycheck was all I’ve ever wanted.
About 4 years into the job, I found myself still clueless about what I really wanted out of my life.
Not everyone is so lucky to know what they want to do with their life.
Even when we think we do (or did), the goalpost seems to move constantly, leaving us feeling lost time and time again.
One of those days, I had the lightbulb moment as I was listening to “Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen” by Baz Luhrmann.
I’ve shared the song before, but it’s another line in the song that I want to share with you today.
In case you haven’t heard this wonderful song – advice on living a happier life -, here’s your chance.
And below are the lines I’m pondering over today:
… Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t…
– Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen by Baz Luhrmann
As wisely said, don’t fret if you don’t know what to do with your life.
Having said that though, we’d feel more grounded when we work towards some meaningful goals.
And here’s another interesting way of looking at your life purpose.
We may be unsure of what to do with our life when we feel stuck and get frustrated.
But Almost Everyone Knows This
Everyone knows what we DON’T want our life to look like. We’d do anything to prevent certain things from happening.
We may have different life aspirations, goals and dreams, but when it comes to the things we don’t want, it’s pretty much universal.
Here are the most common things we would never want in our lives and want to run away as far as we could.
Do Everything to Run Away FAR from These 3 Things
1. Broke / Poor / Poverty
Anyone who’s been on the poverty line knows poverty is no fun.
An inability to meet basic needs demoralises your spirit, placing you on the bottom rung of society.
Not only that, it presents a real danger to your physical and mental state.
Some people do suffer from really serious psychological problems.
For most of us, though, we can improve our overall well-being by fixing life situations.
Being in poverty is one such life situation.
If you’re clueless about life purpose, aiming for financial independence can be a worthwhile goal to pursue.
Do everything and anything you can to firmly lodge yourself into the far opposite end of the spectrum of being poor, broke or in poverty.
2. Poor Health / Illness / Obesity
For a long time, we’ve heard about the obesity epidemic and its association with life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Despite every advantage we know to stay fit and healthy, losing weight is one of the hardest things to do.
Even though we know the two key factors: food and exercise.
Here’s one rhetorical question we want to ask ourselves.
Do we live to eat or do we eat to live?
The question would shock our ancestors, who ate only when they were hungry.
Now eating has become a leisure.
We eat when we’re hungry, happy, sad, depressed, bored, nervous and just because.
It’s a miracle we only eat 6 times a day.
We can study diet, divert our attention to learning and increase our awareness of food and its effect on our body.
With exercise, we can slow our ageing by pushing us hard to stay in the opposite direction of ageing.
Engage in a variety of exercises and make our life more exciting while keeping active and healthy.
Creating the healthiest version of yourself, working towards it, living independently, therefore, ageing well is a worthy life goal.
3. Distractions / Isolation / Loneliness
Technology advances have brought positive impacts on all areas of our life.
But it has also brought a fair share of problems.
While living in a world in which more people are connected than ever before, a study found that one in 20 people often felt lonely.
In particular, social media has changed the landscape of communication on a global scale.
The world got smaller.
The downside is we’re overly connected.
Social media promotes instant gratification, superficial friendship, sporadic human interactions, countless distractions, isolation and increasing loneliness.
We can choose to cultivate quality relationships with friends, family and community and maintain optimal mental health.
Sometimes, running away far from what you REALLY don’t want out of your life can steer you in the right direction.
It’s worthwhile to think about when you seek the purpose of your life.
You’ll agree everyone should run away far from the 3 things mentioned above.
Work hard to run away from them.
You’ll find yourself forging a new trajectory of life that’s filled with happiness and fulfilment.
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