Intentionally living is a topic that most of us don’t think about until we get to high school. Until then, we just sort of live and be happy. At least for the most part, many of us were happy. Intentionally living is different for everybody; everyone has different experiences, passions, and goals thus I think what it means to live intentionally is different for every person. I have come to the personal conclusion that living intentionally is about constant self-improvement.
Self-improvement doesn’t have to just be training at a sport or skill or something like that. For example, it can take the form of building relationships with other people. It’s not always increasing one’s ability to do something that constitutes self-improvement. Oftentimes, but not always, it is helpful to define something by defining what it is not. Like intentional living, self-improvement varies from person to person. If one is not receiving joy from an activity then they are not improving themselves. What does one gain by obtaining a high mastery over a craft that they simply don’t like? In my humble opinion, nothing. This is what intentionally living is to me: constant improvement.
Aside from what I think intentionally living is and how to achieve it, there will always be obstacles to living with a purpose. In my life, these obstacles are generally things that I have to do and take my time away from the things that I want to do. The best way to combat this is to regulate the things I don’t want to. For example, I really hate unpacking my bag after practice. I’m tired and hungry. Unpacking stuff is really unappetizing at that point in time. The problem is I need to unpack my bag so I can ready it for school tomorrow and my homework for tonight. The best way to conquer this problem, or mini-obstacle, is to do it the same way at the same time everyday. If I unpack my bag in that manner, I can put my mind on auto pilot and save my energy for more important things. Intentionally living is not an easy thing. There are obstacles and it takes a lot of willpower to live life everyday with a purpose.