Understanding Meaning and Purpose

“As humans, we are meaning creating creatures. I am sure that the meaning of my life has something to do with who I am, and how I actualize this in my experience.” - Tadayoshi Inoue

Does life have meaning? Well for most of us it can have deep meaning. But each of us must create this meaning ourselves. How does this work?

The meaning of our lives is exactly what we decide it to be. We create all of the importance, all of the truths and all of our preferences in our life. Knowing this can usually take some of the pressure off us, but how do we know what this higher meaning really is? Well meaning tends to find us, it isn’t found by thinking hard or ruminating on it like many believe. 

Meaning and purpose seems to come to us in 3 distinct ways. We can observe others operating from a higher sense of purpose and we can emulate this in our own way. We can have an experience that galvanizes us to deeply desire something and that is the second way of finding purpose. Or we can also fall in love with some concept, person, action or labor that drives us for greater expansion in this area. All of these ways of finding purpose in our lives are equally as powerful. 

Just remember that the meaning of your life and the purpose of your life are two very different concepts. Meaning speaks to what our actions and intentions really mean or represent to us, but our purpose will guide and direct us so that we can always navigate towards those wonderful destinations we always desire.

For me, my life’s purpose is to live a joyful and loving experience. After all, I am love. I am joy. While the meaning of my life is no more complex than I am so very good.

(Pic: me and my twin brother. When I think of the meaning of my life it is hard not to see my brother too.)

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.