There are moments in life when everything seems to slow down—and there are times when life needs to slow down.
A person can only take on so much before they’re overwhelmed. For instance, how many jobs can you have in a day? Most of us can only accomplish a finite number of tasks in a day. Most of us can only handle a set amount of responsibilities in a day.
“Burning the candle at both ends,” they say. And the old chestnut is fitting in some circumstances.
Your circumstance may be one.
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed trying to get ahead, or even just trying to stay alive, it might be time to slow down. It might be time to redefine your meanings.
The purpose of life and the meaning of life. Are they the same?
I would argue they’re different. To me, the meaning of life is a reason to say it; the purpose of life is a reason to do it.
So now you might be thinking, “Great philosophy, but it doesn’t help with the stress of my life.”
It could though. Once you’ve defined life the word and life the event, and separated the two, you can start to define the attributes of the two. If you’re struggling just to stay alive, but you can redefine what it means to be alive, or all of the necessities of life, then you can make it simpler. The simpler the goal, the easier it is to achieve.
For example: A man might think he needs to shave his face to keep himself in the game. But if he stopped shaving for a time and realized no changes to life have manifested, couldn’t he remove that false idea from his definition? Does he need to hold on to an idea that he has proven non-essential to life?
Likewise with many of the ideas we assign to the purpose or the meaning of life. They can be altered, rearranged, or even removed, and life continues onward.
So do you.