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It's not too often that I get philosophical on Young and Thrifty but I thought it would be nice to talk about living life with a purpose and with passion.

It’s not too often that I get philosophical on Young and Thrifty (okay, fine, it was often before but I swear not so much recently!) but I thought it would be nice to talk about living life with a purpose and with passion.

I know that personal finance bloggers are a passionate bunch.  So perhaps I am preaching to the choir.

We don’t have much time here on earth and we never know when our time is up.

I know a lot of people who are content just coasting through life.  Days are filled with work.  Evenings are filled with television and dish washing.  Weekends are filled with trips to the mall and the grocery store.  They are happy and content doing this.

Are they happy and content doing this because they are afraid to take risks and to change?  Are they afraid to live life to the fullest?

Related: Risk Taking: Intelligent vs Non-Intelligent

There are other people who cannot do this- they cannot go through the daily grind until age 65.  They need to find a creative outlet or a passion or hobby that gives them satisfaction for life.  They need to have goals that give them self-worth and satisfaction that their life means something.

Most of us want to contribute in a beneficial way to society and we want to know that we have made positive changes in someone’s life.  We want to know that the trickling effect of good deeds and acts of compassion amounted to something.

What Gives me Purpose

For me, what gives me purpose is spending time with friends and family, showing them how much I care about them.

Routine is also helpful.  I have found that those who age most successfully have been able to adapt well to change and also have routines built into their schedules.  I know a 105 year old woman who gets up every day to go for a walk outside for 15 minutes.  I started running regularly and exercising regularly and this has given me great purpose.  Treating your body with respect means that you treat yourself with respect and you value your health.  Readers Digest stated that physical activity has been shown to be conducive to successful aging.

The reason why I like to save money is not simply for the sake of saving money, but that I would like to see my goals achieved and it would give me great joy to be financially independent in order to achieve these goals and in order to enjoy retirement (hopefully early retirement).

Another thing that gives me purpose is the mindset that we can really do anything if we put our mind to it.  I truly believe that once you stop learning, you start dying a little inside.  There are so many things to learn and to share with others, such as learning to play the guitar, or working on my photography skills.

Another thing that gives me purpose?  I also get a huge kick out of traveling.  I have seen some amazing things and have created some amazing memories.  One day when I am frail, old, and unable to travel anymore (hopefully I get there), I will reminisce about my life and think about all the great memories, all the great places I have been to, all the people I have met, and all the amazing sights I have seen.

Related: What’s your Travel Style? Resort Relaxer or Exploring Adventurer?

My Bucket List

Some of my dreams are a little outlandish, but that’s what dreams are for, right?  I would like to hike the tallest mountain in Africa (and hopefully next year this will be achieved), run a half marathon (yes, running a marathon is a bit too much for me, thank-you-very-much), learn how to play the guitar, visit the lavender fields in the south of France, see the Northern Lights, visit Mongolia, Egypt, Greece, Pompeii in Italy, Laos, and Turkey.  Also, I would like to volunteer overseas for an extended period of time if possible, though I’m pretty sure this won’t happen in the near future.

What are you Waiting For?

Well, what are you waiting for?  Start saving that money towards achieving your goals.  And if one of your goals is that save money and do well like Mr. Warren Buffett, then that’s even better!

Readers, what gives you purpose?

Article comments

Jeff says:

Thought it said ‘Live Life with a Porpoise’, but they both sound good to me!

Kyle says:

I have an “under the sea” soundtrack running through my head…