The other day I saw a tweet that said, “Why do we even bother?” and it struck a chord with me. Every one of us asks ourselves this question at some point in our lives when it seems like we have no reason to go on living. At our lowest, we see those having a “good life” and resent them for it; we wonder how they can keep on going when everything seems so meaningless.

Life is full of heartbreaks, we try and we fail, we fall in love and get our hearts broken, we get cheated on, we lose our jobs, we struggle to make each day count. All of this negativity can pile up and make it seem like there’s no purpose to life.

Nevertheless, a purposeful life isn’t for the faint of heart, you don’t get to make half-hearted attempts and just easily discover your purpose, – granted one in a hundred do find their way like that. Living a purposeful life means being conscious, being present, seizing every opportunity that comes your way even though it may hurt and you may end up getting disappointed.

All of that seems like hard work, and it is, especially if you’re Nigerian. In addition to all your personal problems, there’s an inefficient government and country that seems hell-bent on breaking your resolve. So how do people still get up in the morning? Why do we even bother?

Sadly, there’s no straightforward answer, everybody has his or her reason for waking up in the morning. I believe that in the midst of all that heartache and failure from job searches and relationships and everything else, there are moments so pure and bright that makes everything worth it. For some people, it is having faith in God, for others, it is seeing their lovers smile and for some, it’s the innocence of a new-born baby. See no matter how much our day sucked, or how terrible it was, it is these moments, sometimes even the memory of it, that keeps us going.

“Why do we even bother? Why do we make ourselves so open to such easy damage? Is it all loneliness? Is it all fear? Or is it just to experience those narcotic moments of belonging with someone else?” – David Levithan


This article was written by Gibson Dick; connect with him on IG here


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