Recently I finished a really great book, Tuesdays with Morrie. There are so many books that I’ve read that have changed the way that I think and this is definitely one of those. In the book, a previous student begins to visit a past professor as he is dying. Morrie, the professor, then goes on to teach the young man about dying so as to help him begin to really live his life. One of my favorite quotes in this book goes, “accept who you are; and revel in it.”
As I have moved around and held various positions in my life, I have found that when I truly am in a state of acceptance in regards to my true self, I feel happier and life is more fulfilling. It definitely sounds like an obvious ‘duh’ statement, but so many of us lose ourselves in an attempt to fit in with the world’s standards.
Another quote from Tuesdays with Morrie really hits on this. “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what gives me a feeling of purpose. Right now I am struggling to find a job and am trying to figure out which direction I need to take. It’s a rather daunting and frustrating process. However, I am growing to be grateful for the opportunity to reflect and figure out what I need in order to live a truly fulfilling life in terms of my true self.
Morrie taught about the importance of living a life of meaning instead of a life others find impressive. We only get one life. Instead of throwing ourselves away, we should embrace who we are and live life to the fullest. That isn’t to say that we need to do huge and exciting things, but that we need to figure out what makes us happy and do it.