Living an intentional life

One of the things counseling students are expected to keep in mind is the concept of intentionality. For academic purposes it’s a fancy way of saying don’t drift through the next 2-3 years the same way you may have drifted through your undergraduate career.

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Planning ahead is one way of creating a life that you actually want to live

Living on purpose is how I like to think of it. Especially when it comes to mental health, living period is a deliberate choice some people have to make on a day-to-day basis. For example, if you’re recovering from an addiction or a mental illness then you have to be intentional about your recovery. You have to plan your days in advance. You have to keep up with therapy appointments and track your moods.

You have to decide every day that you’re going to live and then you have to go out and do it.

Waking up and deciding that you’ll figure out your life eventually isn’t a recipe for success. For those in the recovery world and for those who aren’t.

Still so many people my age don’t live their lives purposefully or with intentionality. Simply because life is so unpredictable and we also have the great misfortune of being in what some researchers have called the worst time of an individuals life: their late twenties.

A better way to think of it maybe should be, a life of certainty. A life where we feel as secure and in control as we possibly can. To live with intentionality is a promise to yourself that you’re not going to float through life. To live with intention is an agreement that you will actively resist the urge to wander aimlessly.

Although it applies mostly to students it can apply to regular folks as well. Be intentional and use that deliberateness to give yourself confidence that you can live in this life. Draw confidence from the fact that you are alive on purpose.

Don’t drift. Don’t wander. Don’t move around the world without direction.

You are alive on purpose. I am alive on purpose. Let’s remind ourselves of that simple truth regularly.

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