How to Live the Life You Want

Living with a purpose

Life is like freediving the bottom of the ocean. You need to hold your breath and not let yourself drown so that you can reach the deepest parts. You need to open your mind because you won’t know what complications you’ll encounter as you discover the great abyss. And like diving, you have the option to continue until you find what you’re looking or stop and settle within your comfort zone.

Living the life you want is a choice, and each choice you make leads you to where you are now. But how do you live your life based on how you want it? First, you have to set a goal and make it your life’s purpose. Living a life with a purpose gives you a hint of where you want to be in the next couple of years or how you want to spend those years.

Having purpose sets your priorities on how you want to spend your daily activities. It also gives you a chance to do what you are passionate about because when you have a purpose, you are driven to chase your goals and fulfill it.

Once you’ve fulfilled your purpose, you also have to figure out a way to live right. Living rightly doesn’t mean to be righteous. It’s being selfless and knowing how to socialize with the people around you. It preserves your values as a human being and gives you the opportunity to help those who need help.

Having the life you want gives you a chance to live life with abundance, not just in some aspects but in everything. Remember, though, living a life with abundance should not give you the notion that you are above everything and everyone. Keep in mind to always be humble. Keep your feet on the ground because as what others say, life is like a wheel. You don’t always remain at the top; there are times that you will experience what it feels to be at the bottom.

Maybe today you’re still dreaming you will drop everything and travel or have a company of your own. The endless possibilities of how you want to live your own life are still out there, and the chances are still high. Don’t just sit there and wait because your dream life is not going to magically happen—you have to work for it. Remember that you have the power to decide on how you want to live your life; just don’t forget to believe in yourself. The wheel is still turning, so make the right decisions ’til those decisions take you to where you want to be in life.


Everyone wants to live their life the way they want it. Grab a copy of Stanley Yokell’s book Old People and join him as he explores the many facets of growing old. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. Share them on the comment section below or through Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.



Joseph Lalonde. 2012. “3 Ways to Live Rightly.” Posted June 4. Accessed January 25, 2018.

Sonnenberg, Frank. 2014. “7 Ways to Live Life With a Purpose.” Frank Sonnenberg Online, December 16. Accessed January 25, 2018.

Indy Blue. 2016. “Creating the Life You Want.” Posted May 22. Accessed January 25, 2018.


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Stanley Yokell

Stanley Yokell

A retired P.E.and consulting engineer, Stanley Yokell is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Stanley spends his time taking cons . . .

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