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What about life motivates you? What keeps you moving forward every day? What do you feel your purpose in life?

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My purpose in life is helping low income people stay in their homes.

I agree that helping others is a great reason to live. Have to keep that in mind.


What motivates me is the desire not to be dead. That could change. Playing music is keeping me going day to day. No purpose, I'm just here.

Sticks48 Level 9 May 28, 2018

The purpose for my life is just waking up in the morning and being alive and seeing what each day brings for me to experience.

Clare Level 7 May 27, 2018

My wife and my two little girls...everything else is secondary...

Hitchens Level 8 May 27, 2018

That sir is awesome! Never take them for granted! Maybe some day I will have the same. Working on myself until the next opportunity comes

@Tutankhamun That's exactly what I did...enjoy.


Life is short, so enjoy it while you are in good spirits and physiclally able to. After 22 yrs in the Army, 3 in the Sheriffs Dept and 20 in the Post Office, I retired. Mentally is the biggest thing for most people. I still get up early and practice Tai Chi, Yoga or do 45 minutes on the eliptical to start the day. Which ever one I do helps start the day.

Trod Level 5 May 27, 2018

Thank you for your service. I have great respect for the military. I often regret that I didn't enlist when I was younger. Went to school in NC, relatively close to Fort Bragg. Many of my friends and roommates were ROTC. I would love to have that sense of community, discipline, and having a set purpose. Lately I have even gone as far as thinking about joining the Air Force Reserve as an officer. I've heard they actively recruit engineers. Time and motivation will tell


I hope to outlive my cat so she won't be orphaned and pay off the $15k or so I still owe my house


Positive attitude, living in the moment. I daily decide to be happy and fully experience and appreciate every experience. Now retired, I view my “job” is simply to be kind to everyone I encounter and make sure each knows I “see” them, to find the ways to practice small acts of kindness without expectation of return and to encourage everyone in any way I can.


These two little ones are my grandchildren. My heart now walks around outside my body. My purpose in life is to do what I can to make sure they grow up safe and secure. My secondary purpose is to keep my job so I can continue life as it is; pay the bills and health insurance. My final purpose is to create, and get through my stacks of projects before I die. Which means I can't die for about 99 more years. I don't think my retirement savings are going to last that long.


With these thorny existential questions, I usually resort to Jane Austen.

"For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Life motivates me. The purpose of life is living. In V. Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway, the protagonist, Clarissa, worries that when she is dead, no one will know how much she loved life.

Today, I worked in my yard. The sun was hot on my bare shoulders. The earth was slightly damp from rain, yielding to my fingers. The grass was green. The ginger cat lay beside. The sky was blue.

For the moment, that was all that mattered.


Music, marijuana, life’s assured brevity in the grand scheme of things, the fact that it is promised to no one, and that it can’t possibly get much worse than it’s already been. Morbid curiousity perhaps, but I’m ready for something good to finally happen and I’ve got no choice but to bank on the fact that it can and will if I keep looking. Even if all I have is 30-40 more years of loneliness it’d be a shame to waste them. Time to breathe and exist of my own volition is its own reward. Sometimes the door prize and the grand prize are the same thing; it’s the journey not the destination n all that jazz.

Unless you’ve entered a very specific competition, there’s really not much of a definitive end point, conclusion or reward to anything beyond the thing itself. Enjoy every sandwich, dance, and celebrate the process of every human connection you make or creative thing you manage to add to. Take pride in developing useful or entertaining skills and kill it for the sake of killin it. I’ll sing to the spiders in my stairwell like I’m auditioning for The Voice. Fuck the purpose. You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig? Doesn’t get much better than those moments of pure presence in any process. If there’s any purpose it’s simply to grow together and share those moments while we still can.

Wurlitzer Level 8 May 27, 2018

I struggle, and I mean really struggle with this very question lately. I can't seem to come up with a satisfactory answer. Besides needing to work to pay bills, I don't have a strong desire to get up and face the world each day. I'm hoping this phase will have an end to it soon.

Tinocca Level 6 May 27, 2018

Find myself feeling much the same lately.

You and me both. In general I have no friends and I keep a bit of distance from my family. The isolation can be excruciating at times. Been like this most my life. I'm hoping for change for you @Tinocca and @sloryd. No one should have to feel like this

@Tutankhamun excruciating is a good word for it. I wasn't always like this. I have had depression and anxiety for many years, but the isolation and antisocial tendencies have surfaced in the last few years. They are growing stronger, making it harder to even attempt to make friends, let alone maintain strong, healthy friendships.


I like to discover something new every day, whether about the world or myself.

tioteo Level 7 May 27, 2018

That's a good answer. Think i'll try that myself


The people i love motivate me, the fact that i live in a country without war, famine or extreme poverty, the fact that i have the ability to help others. My purpose is to find truth and live by truth.

xReex Level 2 May 27, 2018

Living by truth is important to me as well. Even when that truth is a hard pill to swallow. The people I love don't necessarily like me, mostly. Sounds weird I know but it is what it is.


To provide a good living for my family and enjoy what life I have left on this planet as I’m not under any delusion that I’m going to a better place when my life is over.

Trajan61 Level 8 May 27, 2018

Pshhhh. When I die i'm coming back as a cosmic entity and explore the universe at my leisure


Curiosity. Approaching every day with the possibility of seeing or experiencing something new, or in a new way.

bleurowz Level 8 May 28, 2018

Helping people see their own worth and strengths. Showing compassion and interest in youth who don't have the best role models.

cmontes Level 5 May 28, 2018

My purpose is to make sure to make my two doggos Chica and Sandy are fed and happy I enjoy going to college and trying to make myself better but other than that I'm not too serious about purpose. I think it's awesome just being ?

Jsands Level 5 May 28, 2018

There are many things. Work, house, yard, hobbies, grandkids, my daughter, friends, riding my Harley, camping, my music. So much. Guess I really don't think about it a lot, it just comes natural. Being healthy is important so I try to stay active the best I can.


Hope keeps me going. When I wake up I hope today is better than yesterday, most of the time it isn't.

MacTavish Level 7 May 28, 2018

Learning, interacting with people, Helping others, enjoying the Geezer Guys once a week, time with my wonderful family, a long brisk walk. A purpose is to save our enviornment.

All great reasons! I hope to have that for myself one day!


Necessity and reality keeps me moving forward every day. I don't think that any of us has a specific "purpose" in life.

Taladad Level 8 May 27, 2018

Lately for me that has not been enough. Gotta find a way to step it up


In reverse: i don't have a purpose in life, i just am; i don't always move forward and; joy and sorrow, love and anger, injustice and creativity motivate me. ?

Interesting viewpoint. Thanks for sharing!


Fear. Fear that I'll fall behind on bills, my children will starve, etc.

All good reasons for sure


Keeping alive

Marine Level 8 May 28, 2018
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