What is Your “Why”?

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I love this quote by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche:

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

The trouble is, sometimes I’m not sure exactly what my “why” is. The most likely answer is my husband. I would say I stay alive for him when things are the most unlivable. I know what it is like to lose someone you love dearly and would never want to put him through that. Other friends and family count as well, but I don’t have a whole lot of them left on this earth or living near me, so they aren’t as much of a “why” anymore.

Other possible “whys” for me would include sharing my art and writing, my pets, and connecting with people online (including you guys!). Another “why” would simply be my stubborn refusal to surrender and give up. I’ve always been a fighter and determined to prove the critics wrong. I still hope to do that.

What would your “why” be?

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16 thoughts on “What is Your “Why”?

  1. Well from what I know we narrate life to much.

    Now I would put my energy into focus on now, letting go of judgment

    Sometimes my why loses its direction but knowing to be here now and enjoy has helped me

    Look at the times when life brings hardships and loss, why may lose its shine.

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  2. There are some brilliant Nietzsche quotes, and I love this one. The ‘Why’ is something I’ve stumbled on numerous times. I also feel like I don’t have that ‘survival’ gene, like when you read how people do anything to stay alive when they’re in a dire situation (clinging to a mountain side, washed up on a desert island, that kind of thing). That stubbornness to not give up is also a powerful driver too, so even if you don’t feel the fight to survive or have a myriad of other why’s, digging your heels in and refusing to surrender, remembering how far you’ve come, is good. Sharing your writing, connecting with others, and I’d add the way you touch and change the lives of those around you, offline and online. Your words and actions have a ripple effect that you’re probably not even aware of. You’re important, and you’re precious.
    Caz xx

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  3. And there is always the possibility that a new “why” is coming, is just around the corner, is on the verge of arriving. Living in hope and anticipation, that the next day is unknown and clean and new. Somehow that is a “why” for me as well as the other things you mention – your list is very much in alignment with mine.

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