DEFINING THE MEANING OF LIFE THROUGH SELF-EXPLORATION
“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” ~ Mandy Hale
To examine the meaning of life, we could ask two questions: "What is the meaning of my life?" which is an idea or opinion of what is without assurance Or "What is the meaning of life for me?" which is more concrete and controllable (McMahon, 1992). We can give meaning to life through identifying what is valuable to us, it's called self-exploration. While DEEPLY exploring ourselves, we are often conflicted with "who we are" and "who we desire to be." Therefore, we may create a self-presentation that is appealing and accepting to others. So, instead of focusing on "the person others think I am," focus on "the person I think I am." To truly understand who you are, you must be willing to see yourself (McMahon, 1992). Your identity is an internal sense of individuality and wholeness. In self-exploration, take a holistic approach by studying yourself mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically. Remember, life is lived in the moment, not in the past or future (McMahon, 1992). Where are you now in your life? What can you do today to give your life meaning? It's all about balance.
Reference: McMahon, S. (1992). The portable therapist. Dell Publishing.