How do you find meaning and fulfilment in life?
I once thought that buying new things could bring happiness. It feels great to get a new car, the latest technology or some new fashion. It makes you feel proud because you have something a little newer or more expensive than what your neighbors have. The problem is that it never ends. There is always something new or better to buy.
After I gave up my house, car, business and most of my possessions for a location independent lifestyle finding happiness and purpose in life actually became pretty easy. A quality life to me requires fourth things:
- Health – Without health you have nothing. Avoid processed foods and exercise regularly.
- Relationships – Life is all about quality time with those we love. Working long hours to buy expensive stuff for your family is defeating the purpose. People first.
- Mastery – There is immense personal satisfaction in getting good at activities. It could be your job, your hobby or parenting. Constant improvement is it’s own reward.
- Contribution – Nothing is more satisfying than making a meaningful impact on the lives of others. After you are dead and gone, what do you want to be remembered for? What legacy do you want to leave behind? Do you want to be known for how big your house was or how many cars you owned?
I don’t have all the answers, but I’m trying to dedicate more of my time to volunteering and I’m trying to reduce consumption that is destructive to the planet and others. I will continue to share more of my experiences on this site.
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