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What are your reasons for wanting to be alive?

What personally fulfills you?

What do you believe the world has to offer from your experience and perspective?
LadyGrace · Best Comment
For me and what I have learned from life, this question is easy to answer. My life has not been easy, by any means, but that's what's made me strong, as I trusted God and he met my needs. I wouldn't change that for anything in the world. If we were to live a life without learning, there would be no real purpose. We would stay stale all the time and not increase in knowledge or wisdom.

In my younger years, I used to do anything to avoid conflict or problems. That was wrong attitude. The sooner you actually face your problem, the better your life will be! Because that problem will come right back to you, as long as you dismiss it or keep sweeping it under the rug.

Problems are [b]never[/b] there to hurt us. They are there to help us see what needs changing in our lives, so we can better our lives. They definitely make us stronger. They are not to be feared at all. I look at them as my friend, because that's the only thing that will straighten out my life, is when I face my problems head on, so I can get them resolved. The sooner, the better! If you do [b]nothing[/b] about them, they will definitely haunt you. You may take three steps forward, but you will inevitably be brought back to the same problem, until you decide to be mature enough to face it, deal with it, and get it resolved. Only then can you advance to the next step in your life. In that way, it is a blessing to watch God work in your life, as you trust him with your problems.

This also gives you a reason for wanting to live. Life has meaning and purpose when we can set goals and reach them and be proud of ourselves for getting through the hardest times. Life then, becomes a gift instead of a burden.

God is always there and always giving us his best, because he loves us. Like the old hymn says, what a privilege, to carry everything to God in prayer. This also builds our faith.

As far as the world, it has nothing to offer in the realm of spiritual fulfillment. But what a joy to live in Christ.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@LadyGrace Working our way through serious problems also teaches us things. It’s hard to accept this when we are entangled in them and trying to figure out the best way to deal with them. It seems like a heavy burden. Looking back on life a person may eventually come to the conclusion that going through these challenges and overcoming them has made us stronger people mentally and spiritually.

I also learned the last 5 years before I retired from my job at the university that maybe we should be praying for God to help make us stronger instead of making our lives easier. Everyone wants an easy life. But in certain situations like jobs where there are major changes that aren’t in our best interests it’s not going to get easier if we stay. I was within 5 years of retiring and had already put in 20 years. I was not about to give up on that. I also had good benefits. The management did everything they could legally do to run off the older employees who were close to retirement. I wasn’t the only one who thought of this, and it was also happening in other departments as well. After I retired the manager got told to leave as she was causing lawsuits and that was a liability to the university. The accountant who was behind these changes eventually quit when her husband was fired for something, and others even higher up were caught up in nasty scandals reflecting badly on the university and were told to resign. Not sure it’s any easier to work there but with all that and the hierarchy it was getting really dark.
@cherokeepatti Definitely problems make us stronger. They do teach us many lessons, besides what we see on the surface, like patience, perseverance, reveals our own strengths that we thought we didn't have, humbleness, empathy, thoughtfulness, mercy, just so many things.

Blanchy · 31-35, F
I will start by saying that even if I don't feel fulfilled, and even if I suffer in life, I want to live. Those who want to end their lives can see nothing but suffering ahead, but this mindset is either caused by chronic depression, unrepairable trauma like losing a child, or it is self-inflicted.

I have the deepest sympathy for people who suffer from chronic depression or unrepairable trauma, but it too should be acknowledged that those who inflict this mindset on themselves, don't do so on purpose either – those people have weak minds; they lack empathy, willpower, discipline, as well as the ability to be honest with themselves.

I see two types of people who never experienced life-threatening danger. There are those who think they're braver than they really are, and those who don't value life in general, and they both come from the same place of lacking perspective – it's never the man who was stranded on a boat in the middle of the ocean for two weeks, and miracously survived against all odds, who takes his own life. It's the people who have only ever felt the danger they inflicted on themselves, because we experience these two things very differently. When life challenges and hurts us, we experience many emotions: Fear, sadness, powerlessness, in many instances we are humbled by the realization that our lives can be taken from us so easily. When we hurt ourselves, all we feel is the reinforcement of self-pity.

The people who suffer from chronic depression or unrepairable trauma must remember that everything is possible, even a second chance at happiness. It might be impossible for the person to see how, to imagine it, but that person must acknowledge that they don't know everything. Faith, regardless of what you have faith in, is one ofthe strongest motivators to keep fighting. If you lost a child, believe that the next child you have, is him/her reincarnated. We can believe in everything because we know nothing.

I cherish every moment of my life because I have enjoyable experiences, even if it's just playing a video game or watching the sunset. You don't need to live the life you thought you would, in order to enjoy it. We have to accept that life is random, and deal with the hands we're dealt, to find a positive outlook on each our induvidual lives. No two people's lives are the same, it is your personal and unique experience to do whatever you want with.
AlienFox · 36-40, F
My son and nature. That's it. I'm pretty much done with everything else
AlienFox · 36-40, F
@cherokeepatti you aren't kidding. I wish my son had support of family though. I wish she would help just so he could see that people do care. But it's not going to magically happen.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@AlienFox None of the grandparents give a damn?
AlienFox · 36-40, F
@cherokeepatti my parents are dead and on his dad's side they're kinda just bedridden, grumpy people. His poppop was really verbally abusive, caused him years of anxiety I'm still trying to help him through. I feel bad for him, but I've tried for years to replace family with adventure and fun and I'm exhausted.

 
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