Acknowledge to SELF that you want your life to meaningful. This does happen one day at a time. Write down what you want your life to look like when you reach certain ages. Ask yourself, if you are 70 or 80, what do you want to look back and see that your life had been as meaningful as you wanted it to be.
My story about my sister; 2 weeks before she died from leukemia she called and told me the doctor gave her 2 weeks to live. She said “I regret not doing more with my life, I know could have”. It was the saddest thing in my life because I work everyday so when I cross over the Rainbow Bridge I will know I will have tried to make my time here count towards good and meaningful.
Viktor Frankl did not believe man was seeking pleasure but was seeking a deep sense of meaning. He believed that when a person could not find a deep sense of meaning, then he distracted themselves with pleasure(Sigmund Freud)
Viktor Frankl came up with how we each could experience a meaningful life:
1. Have a project you are working on that requires your unique skills and abilities. And preferable a project that helps others.
2. Share with loving relationships
3. Find redemptive perspective on your challenges.
How do you want to look back on your life. What do you want to leave to this family and friends to remember you. You want as few regrets as possible. You do not want to say: I should have, could have, would have. You can do all those things. Start today. No one said it was going to be easy. You have to EMPOWER yourself. You have to ENCOURAGE yourself. On a daily basis.