Living a meaningful life. That has been my goal for as long as I can remember. “Rather than fame, money, power,” said Henry David Thoreau, “give me truth.” I share his personal philosophy (he inspired me to move away to PEI to live alone in 2017, and that trip changed my life). It was there, silently gardening, reading, and writing, that I fell in love with critical thinking. And it has been through the continuous asking “why” that I have discovered how to live a meaningful life. I want to share my strategies for self-development with you.
The first thing to understand is that it is the truth that connects you with reality. Do you feel anxious a lot, or more than you’d like to? Do you feel forced by your parents, friends, partner, or culture, to live out a life that you don’t want to? Do you feel depressed, and try to drown it with alcohol and drugs, burn it with NetFlix and sex, or secretly – or not so secretly – wish to end it all? It may be because you are disconnected from your true self. If you don’t feel good about your life and its direction, a potential solution is to be REAL with yourself. What do you REALLY want to do? Where do you REALLY want to go? Who are you REALLY? The “real” in “REAL-ly” can only be found by being honest with yourself and others – by actively seeking out the truth. This isn’t a quick and painless fix.
On the contrary, it will be painful as hell, and will end your life (but we all die, don’t we? Memento mori). With that said, if you seek the truth, you will live out the most meaningful of lives. You will feel connected to Source. You will have the courage to chase whatever dreams you have, as well as the humility to know when to stop seeking. You will reach your maximum potential. The truth WILL set you free. It’s a cliche for a reason – it’s literally true.
So, I encourage you, whoever you are and whatever stage of life you are in: Tell the truth. Seek the truth. Live the truth. F*ck the rest because, honestly, it does not matter. The “rest” is an illusion, and illusionary rocks aren’t made out of matter. Real rocks are.
Fortunately, you will have access to a guide, if you want one. I can help you learn how to think critically and take control of your life. With that said, I encourage you, more than anything else, to be honest with yourself. Don’t accept my help without first asking yourself if you need it. We all need help sometimes, but I know in my soul that you have everything you need inside of you to succeed. Just trust yourself as much as I trust you. But if you want me to help you learn how to think critically, DM me. I am here for you. I totally believe in you, and it would be my life’s highest honour to help you grow.
Mitchell Anton MacEachern