Life is hard. We must continually fight and struggle to get what we want and to be more than average. Even then, sometimes just meeting the mark is a difficult challenge. At some point, we may begin to ask ourselves, "why bother?"
The reality to this question is simple for me, once I discovered the purpose of my life. Get ready, cause this one's a doozy: the purpose of my life is...TO LIVE!
How does this relate to asking, "why bother?" Because I'm not here to give up. I'm not here to sit and do nothing. It's quite simple, really. I am here to be happy, to be sad, to feel joy, and to suffer (ie. to live).
Sometimes, I'll wonder if all this effort I put into self-improvement is even worth it...I'm going to die one day, so what difference does it make?
The irony is that this very logic ("going to die one day") is the same reason why it is worth putting in the hours to become a better person. Being alive means being able to do things. Being dead means not being able to do things.
Knowing that self-improvement, or even simply living, is worth it does not require believing that I "matter" or that I "make a difference" in the world. All I have to understand is that it is because my life is temporary, and nothing is permanent, that I have the power to be and do what ever I want!
Ethan Small has been posting to Friendly Warrior since 2013 with his experiences and wisdom to inspire others to improve their quality of life.
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