Express not Impress
Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
The unexamined life is not worth living:
For the longest time, I felt that the goal of my existence was to impress others and to act in such a manner that everyone liked me. I learned at a young age that we need to develop basic social skills and actions in order to please others. For example, our parents used to encourage us to sing poems or tell stories whenever we had visitors in the house, even when we were very little. In such cases, we were put on the position to perform and display abilities in order to impress the visitors. As a youngster, the first lesson I learned was to act in a way that would impress and be loved by others. Thousands of times during our lives, we have been instructed to keep others in mind and to behave in a way that will make a good impression. Over time, I realized that the purpose of life is to impress and please others.
Despite having grown up with this mindset, there has always been a battle in my head between pleasing others and expressing my genuine self. One thing that has always perplexed me is determining the actual meaning of human life. My curiosity prompted me to raise a series of philosophical questions, such as: what is the true purpose of life? What exactly is happiness? Is it better to priorities myself or others? Is it morally permissible to put one’s own needs first? To what degree should I rely on others for my happiness?
The above-mentioned two sentences gave me a starting point for exploring my inner self. If the ultimate goal of human existence is to achieve happiness, then one should analyse one’s life to determine what brings satisfaction. Unfortunately, there is no objective definition of happiness. Everyone understand happiness differently. Some see happiness in freedom from everything while others see it in its usefulness.
The Purpose of Life is not Happiness: It’s usefulness
Let us live a life to express and not to Impress 😃