I’m telling you all this to show you that meaning is at the heart of it all.
When I was first helping my mom through a terrifying mental health crisis, I didn’t have the words to put to my experience.
And because I couldn’t see in my mind what to do–and because I had never experienced anything like it before–I was utterly lost.
Writing has helped me create that meaning.
Of course, only a small percentage of the population has aphantasia like I do.
Not everyone will create meaning in the same way.
But, if you think about it, you will find that meaning is at the heart of who you are.
It’s in your experiences past and present.
One of the hardest parts about overcoming a traumatic event is the sense-making aspect of it.
It often requires a trained trauma therapist to guide you through the meaning-making process.
But there are other mini-traumas in this world. We experience them all the time.
What is holding you back right now?
What is preventing you from growing into the person you know you can become?
The answers you give to those two questions are filled with meaning.
You can ask yourself questions like I do whenever you want.
Maybe your questions are in the form of movies or paintings.
You might get more out of that.
Use your natural tendency to seek your meaning.
Because meeting your basic needs is a given.
Food and sleep give you the ability to focus.
But your “why” and the meaning you create is what will sustain you.