Sometimes, even a great career and all the markers of conventional success aren’t enough to avoid the feeling that you aren’t helping anyone or really mattering to the world, and that you’re stuck in an endless cycle of work and stress. Being too focused on purpose can leave you without the time or energy for hobbies or relationships, and do serious damage to your emotional and mental health. The sad thing is, many people feel as though they have no intrinsic value outside of their purpose and their accomplishments. Getting away from this worldview can help you realize the importance of enjoying life’s small pleasures and really valuing yourself.
- The author recalls a time when he had an anxiety attack and he says that he talked himself into believing that it will be over in no time.
- The author was forced to realize that his life was going nowhere when initially he had thought that he had a good plan.
- He thought that his life was supposed to matter because he had chosen science as a career in order to make a contribution to the world.
“Cold sweat trickled down my spine as I battled the all-consuming feelings of overwhelm, panic, and disappointment.”