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What Is the Point of Living?

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From a teen in the U.S.: I know a lot of people think this, but most of those who ask this question are enduring something difficult in their lives. My life isn’t all that horrible. I go to a good school, I have good grades, I have friends but I still don’t see the point in living. I guess it’s because my life isn’t exactly painful or awful but it’s not exactly amazing either. I’m not unhappy but I’m not happy either. I want to be a teacher, and that’s something I’m really passionate about, and I feel it should give me a sense of purpose, but at the same time, what is the point of guiding and nurturing children? Is it so that they can become a ‘successful’ adult like me – one who is neither suffering nor happy.

I don’t want to end my life but my future and everything that life will bring doesn’t really seem that interesting or exciting. Sure there will be good moments but generally, life is just exhausting and seems to just drag on forever. It’s like one big awful movie with no plot and with no plot, obviously there’s no purpose.

What is the point of living? How to do I motivate myself to keep going?

What Is the Point of Living?

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What a good question! You are asking “Is this all there is?” and so far haven’t found a satisfying answer in spite of generally having a good life.

This is the stuff of philosophers and thinkers throughout the ages. You are seriously trying to understand the nature and purpose of human existence. This tells me you have an exceptional mind and exceptional sensitivity.

I urge you to start reading philosophy. You may have a knack for it. You will certainly find others who asked the same question and you will learn how others like yourself have grappled with it. You may even find some satisfying answers.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

What Is the Point of Living?

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). What Is the Point of Living?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2019, from
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