“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”- Kenji Miyazawa
In my previous post I have established that to live is to suffer and that the best way to overcome the feeling of pain that comes with suffering is to accept it as it is.
Once you have accepted this truth, the next thing you need to do is to choose the suffering you want.
Life problems never stopped, they are only upgraded or exchanged, so the question you need to ask yourself is “what kind of suffering do I want?”
This question will not only help you clarify what you want in life, but also open your eyes to the cost of getting what you want.
It is easy to say what we want out of life, I want X, achieve Y or be Z. However, those hopes usually don’t translate into anything because when we focus on what we want, we usually fail to consider the cost of getting what we want. And more often than not, the cost is usually much much more than we expected.
Thus asking yourself the question “what kind of suffering you want in life” is a good way to determine your life purpose as it helps you assess the cost of pursuing a purpose.
If anywhere you go will eventually lead you through valleys of shits, the better question would not be “Where do I want to go?” but “What kind of shit valley that I’m willing to go through?”
I hope that you find this article useful and if you wanted to delve deeper into this topic, do read the book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” By Mark Manson that greatly inspires this article. You can get it here or anywhere else you get your E-book.
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