Motivation in the Face of Nothing

Some Dude Says
7 min readFeb 26, 2022
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I think, all in all, the real key to finding motivation and meaning everyday is by taking advantage of each day to just live and be, without expecting anything from yourself or from anyone else. This doesn’t mean Nihilism, it means mindfulness.

One of the things that keeps my motivation and meaning sustained is looking at the bigger picture.

I know it’s pretty stupid, but I find myself looking at my whole life and just saying, “Okay, I have the rest of my life to go, I’m only halfway through (hopefully). I have a bunch of time ahead of me. There are a lot of things I want to do. I want to write, I want to play music, I want to travel, I want to read, I want to be with my children and family… So I’m gonna go out and live my life. I’m gonna try to be a positive influence on others, to contribute, and to make a difference.” Worst case, I’ll fake it until I make it.

I think it’s really important to do that. You need to believe that you have the potential to do and be great things, even if you’ve already given up… and even if you’re not doing great things right now.


This is something I struggle with. I want to live up to my potential. I want to be that person who doesn’t stop living. Yet, I don’t want to live a life of unfulfilled expectations either. It makes me seem negative to be honest.

I’m just another person trying to carve a life out for myself, living a simple, but fulfilled, life. Hopefully I’m not fooling myself, but I think this is what I see myself ultimately doing. The devil’s in the details though.

I feel like my motivation and meaning are constantly going on and off like a light switch, and I never know what I’ll walk into. So I keep thinking “Well, I’ll just hit the switch when I need to,” but the switch is never the right direction and I fumble.

It’s hard to stay motivated in this day and age. What do you do to find meaning in the meaningless There are multiple reasons to live, and we need to find them. I tend to use music as my go-to source for happiness. I may not be good, but at least I feel alive.

I tend to believe that life is not always as it seems but often appears so because we do not understand it. If life is not as it appears, what…



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