Existential crisis is a topic that has had a lot of hype recently, and many people are talking about it, although I think that there isn’t much out there in terms of solutions. Many people that I know, and myself included, have experienced it or are still struggling with it and so the purpose of this post is to shine a spotlight on the topic and more specifically how we can go about managing/resolving it.
What is existential crisis?
Existential crisis is the moment you begin to question your purpose or perhaps when you perceive that you’ve lost your purpose in life.
Many people say that there are different types of existential crisis but personally I believe that at the core of all of these is an even more basic crisis going on – and that is finding your place in this reality. Where does your “being” fit into the world that you are perceiving.
The reason I say “the world that you are perceiving” is because I firmly believe that there are as many realities as there are people on this planet. Each person seeing the world through the lens of their perception.
For some reason existential crisis has had a very negative connotation, as if it is something to be avoided or something to be afraid of. But I think the opposite is true. In fact I think it’s amazing and I think it’s necessary and beautiful.
So, if you allow me, I would like to propose a paradigm shift.
What if existential crisis isn’t the problem, but in fact the solution.
What if this is the next step for you in your conscious evolution?
All of a sudden you become lucid of where you are, what you are doing, what other people around you are doing…you become more aware than ever of your own mortality, of your finite number of days. You question your purpose. You question the reason behind why we as a society do certain things.. and it’s painful. Painful is probably the best word to use to describe the experience.
But congratulations my friend, you are waking up. Many people think that awakening/ becoming more aware feels like rainbows and unicorns (and yeah that’s how it feels after) but at the beginning it is so damn painful. But necessary.
Most people who have achieved anything worth achieving have gone through this “dark night of the soul”. Because it is through times like these that you take the time to look inward into your depths and see what there is to discover.
Each one of us is a holder of treasure. Each one of us has a unique gift that we need to share with the world. And each person and their gift are an integral part of this giant puzzle that we’re all part of.
The solution of this “problem” which is not really a problem in my eyes is simpler than most make it out to be.
The solution is to see this phase for what it really is..
You are being pushed forward to wake up, to find your gift and share it with the world. You are being pushed towards discovering your mission/purpose and fulfilling it.
Or more accurately, you are being pulled. You are being pulled towards your future self. You are calling you…
and the question isn’t are you going? Because you’re going… boy you’re going. But are you going willingly? Are you enjoying the ride? Are you enjoying the journey? Are you grateful for every second you get to spend on this beautiful planet? Are you enjoying the evolution of your consciousness? Or are you resisting and being afraid?