An underlying feeling that life is pointless

  • Eli_jah

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    May 29, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    I don't think I'm suicidal or anything, I go through random bouts of depression like every other human, but for the last five years or so, whether I am happy or sad, I have this underlying feeling that life is pointless. It's not always a tragic hopeless feeling, even in calm, reflective, and seemingly content moments I feel this way. I'm just wondering if anyone else has felt this way. And I want to get better because I don't think it is normal to be this dark all the time.
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    May 29, 2013 11:29 AM GMT
    Why do you think life is pointless? you didn't mentioned why you're feeling this way.
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    Is this just a feeling with no reason you could think of ?
  • psycsnacha

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    May 29, 2013 2:14 PM GMT
    What gives your life purpose (i.e. career, hobbies, family, religion, etc.)? Being devoid of a driver of purpose can definitely bring about this feeling, which sounds like anhedonia.

    One question, what if life is pointless, what then?

    I can't know the context of your sentiment, but based upon how you've described it, I've felt similarly.

    This feeling has pushed me to explore the significance of that pointlessness. Is it the natural reality that animals experience (who can die at random, at any moment), is it a reflection of life as a play, with the randomness, uncertainty, and faux certainty, all to be embraced while we're here and let go when our time is done, does it truly mean that we lack something intrinsically, or just a current distraction?

    How have you explored the meaning and significance of that feeling, outside of pondering what is missing (i.e. joy)?
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    May 29, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
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    May 30, 2013 12:30 AM GMT
    The point to life is sharing life with the people around you, so the more people you have in your life the more it all has meaning. In a way, this is a circular argument, so you can argue that life is pointless. However in practice it works.
  • MadeinMich

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    Jun 07, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    I often get the feeling that life is fucked up, but never pointless. What drives me is the hope that one day my own personal life will get better. If I loose that I don't know what I'm going to do or feel.
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    Jun 07, 2013 6:14 PM GMT


    It's an age old question.

    I like what this long ago author had to say,
    "What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"
    -G Eliot

    They say that life is not fair; we can, each of us, be the answer to that unfairness.
    -me
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    Jun 07, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    "Existential Crisis".

    I went through one of these before I even learned that there was a term for it.

    You have an opportunity before you to really ponder "Who am I?", "What are my values?", and from there..."What is my purpose?"

    Wanting to understand the "point" of life is a good thing.

    Seek and you shall find.
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    Jun 12, 2013 9:31 PM GMT
    I can absolutely sympathize with you for I have felt the same way. However, what has helped me was adjusting my focus. I try and live for the help and the passion for helping others. It gives my life meaning. I work in fitness and seeing people get the results they deserve and make a change for the better in their own life helps me see that life does have a point. Well maybe not life in general but my life in general has a point.

    Now that is easier said than done. Because there are still times when I feel that way. When I feel that way I do one of two things. I either write down all the things that I feel give my life meaning, or I confide in a close friend who can help me see the purpose of my own life. If you can't think of things that give your life meaning then it's time to reevaulate your life.

    Maybe it's time for a career change, maybe you need to volunteer your time, perhaps your gratitude is low (happiness/fulfillment and gratitude kind've go hand in hand), perhaps you're surrounded by an unhealthy group of friends, or maybe it's just a rut. We all get in those. Hope this helps
  • Eli_jah

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    Jun 13, 2013 6:24 AM GMT
    Olympiclifter1992 saidI can absolutely sympathize with you for I have felt the same way. However, what has helped me was adjusting my focus. I try and live for the help and the passion for helping others. It gives my life meaning. I work in fitness and seeing people get the results they deserve and make a change for the better in their own life helps me see that life does have a point. Well maybe not life in general but my life in general has a point.

    Now that is easier said than done. Because there are still times when I feel that way. When I feel that way I do one of two things. I either write down all the things that I feel give my life meaning, or I confide in a close friend who can help me see the purpose of my own life. If you can't think of things that give your life meaning then it's time to reevaulate your life.

    Maybe it's time for a career change, maybe you need to volunteer your time, perhaps your gratitude is low (happiness/fulfillment and gratitude kind've go hand in hand), perhaps you're surrounded by an unhealthy group of friends, or maybe it's just a rut. We all get in those. Hope this helps


    It does help. Thank you.
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 13, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    Become a conservationist and actually give a shit about polar bears. I guarantee that would give meaning to your life.icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 13, 2013 7:30 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidBecome a conservationist and actually give a shit about polar bears. I guarantee that would give meaning to your life.icon_wink.gif


    Says the guy who spends all day, every day posting on this site. Suggestion to the OP: Don't take advice from a shut-in.
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:12 PM GMT
    An ongoing feeling of hopelessness is one of the classic signs of depression. Please get professional help immediately and keep us posted. We care about you.
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    Jun 14, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    Of course life is pointless. That's why people invent adrenaline/extreme sports.

    Get involved with one or two extreme sports. Your life won't have any more meaning, but it'll sure be a lot more fun! icon_biggrin.gif