Yup, it’s pretty simple to live a meaningful life, but it may seem hard to you because you don’t know how to go about it.
You’re probably wondering how it skipped over you.
You just unknowingly make life more complicated because you’re not in the right place.
How can that be, right? You know about every single thing, as soon as it comes out.
It hasn’t even had time to cool on the shelves before you’ve had, used and moved on to the next thing.
Your friend mentions this new song they’re obsessed with, they play it for you and before the artist opens their mouth to sing a word from the first verse you quickly make it known that it’s not new.
You’ve heard that song a million times, you’ve been playing for months. Sure they just started playing it on the radio but it’s so played out now that you don’t even listen to it anymore.
You go to the store with another friend and after walking around for a little bit, a store employee tries to introduce you to a product. Your friend seems interested and engages the employee.
After a few words you zone out and brush them off. You already know about it.
Notice a pattern here?
You might even have an unspoken competition with your friends about keeping up with the newest things.
You’re silently trying to one up each other on being the one to tell the other about something they didn’t know about.
But really, what’s the point? Being the first to know about a product you don’t use does exactly what for you?
Blah, Blah, Blah
You would think that since your life is filled with knowledge of all the latest things that it would be exciting. But it’s not.
Instead you’ve manage to collect all this useless information. None of which will help you with your real problems.
You know, real life stuff like your career plan because you’re just sick of working the job you hate, or your future in general.
You’re not going to get to any of your long term goals if you don’t start the ground work now.
But that doesn’t interest you at the moment. Yet you’re still wondering why your life feels so blah.
It’s actually quite simple, because you don’t have anything meaningful in it.
Who cares about the newest fade? Why do you have to know about every single one, especially if it does nothing for you?
See, now you’re just wasting your time on purpose!
Your life lacks passion and focus. Think about it, how passionate can you be about the latest craze.
Now things are starting to make sense but what doesn’t is how you got there and why a lot of other people are also there, like your friends.
But at this point, you’ve wasted enough time concentrating on other things, it’s time for you.
The bottom line is you’re focused on the wrong things or nothing important at all. Leading you to a life less than meaningful and leaving you unfulfilled.
Shaking it Up
With that being said, in order to change your life from being empty to being one that you’re satisfied with you have to change your status quo.
Simple enough, right? It’s not like you have to move mountains or something.
I know shaking things up sounds a little rough but what you need to do isn’t complicated and honestly is something you should be doing already.
Think about how much better your life will be once you add some oomph to it. Not only will you feel better in general, and stop caring about insignificant things, but you’ll also be more motivated to go after your bigger dreams.
1. Determine what’s really important
This is essential because this is where your attention needs to be. But often enough what we think is important isn’t what we’re focused on.
If you spend a lot of your time following things that you would deem insignificant, you need a serious change.
Figure what’s important to you and spend the bulk of your spare time on it.
I’m not saying you can’t have hobbies or other interests, but leisurely things like following the newest thing shouldn’t consume most of your time.
There are more important things for you to be focused on.
2. Be present
Once you determine what is most deserving of your attention, make sure you keep it there.
If spending time with your family is important, make sure you’re present when you’re with them. Engage them. Be interested in what you guys are doing.
Don’t allow you’re self to be preoccupied with your cell phone. In fact, close all of your social media apps.
Having dinner with your parents isn’t really being with them if you’re on Instagram and Snapchat the whole time.
But you should definitely take a picture with them, you just don’t need to post it immediately.
3. Be authentic
Being phony isn’t going to make you any happier with your life, or anything for that matter.
Don’t pretend to be something or say something to people-please.
You can be yourself and honest without being rude. Just remember where feelings are involved be caring and considerate. The purpose is not to hurt someone else, but to be you.
You don’t need to fall into anyone else’s idea of who you should be. You just need to be authentic to be content.
4. Stop caring
Everyone’s going to have an opinion about you and how you should live your life. But it’s not your job to conform to it, or even get caught up in it.
Stop letting their thoughts and views control how you live your life. How you feel is what really matters.
Strive to get to the point where the words of someone else’s lack of understanding of your life don’t impact you, where you can continue on your path as if they said nothing.
5. Stop complaining
Easy enough, just stop it.
When you find yourself about to complain about something stop. Think about something else, something positive.
If you can’t do anything to improve the situation you’re about to complain about, let it go. There’s no point in focusing on something like that.
Accept it so you can quickly move on.
If you can make a change to a bad situation do just that. Taking action to make something better is more productive than complaining and doing nothing about it.
Shift your focus to solving the problem rather than having it on the problem itself.
6. Don’t judge
Just the same way how you live is your business, how someone else chooses is theirs.
Don’t establish expectations for someone else then judge them for not falling in line with them.
If someone is doing something that you don’t understand or agree with, leave them alone. Just as the purpose of your life is not to conform to others, theirs is the same.
Instead focus on evaluating your own life and work on improving it.
7. Hold yourself accountable
As you are evaluating your life and finding room for improvement, make sure that you carry it out.
Your life is your responsibility, so if you’re not happy there is no one else to blame.
Take action and follow through.
How your life plays out is all in your hands.
8. Focus on your passion
While you’re sorting out what’s important you may discover some interests that you’re passionate about. Spend your valuable time on that.
Find out what tickles your fancy and do that. Your life will be more satisfying when you’re involved in something you love.
Besides, it’s a much better use of your time and energy than on something that is just a trending topic for the moment.
Once you focus on your passion more you’ll find a way to make it a bigger part of your life, therefore making your life more meaningful.
Creating a Meaningful Life
When you’re frustrated with life and feeling empty it’s time to put more life into it. You can simply do that by shifting your focus to things that lead to a deeper meaning.
Sure it’s easy to continue down your current path but that’s only going to make things boring now and harder later on.
These are some easy ways to add that much needed oomph back into your life and help you build something greater.
Your life shouldn’t feel empty and shallow. It should have deep meaning and significance. This is how you get it, by letting go of the unnecessary and grasping something real.
How can you liven it up?