What does it mean to be alive?

What most people want, when they come and see me as a therapist, is to feel better – less anxious, usually, about their future and about their lives. A person often comes thinking there is a particular problem that, if they could get a handle on that problem, everything would be alright.

I thought the same thing when I first went to a therapist! It didn’t take me long to realize that the problem I had – that single problem — was only the beginning. That problem, when solved, uncovered other, deeper problems that I now wanted to solve. And yes, those uncovered still others.

Then, after a few years of uncovering, my approach to these seeming problems began to change. I began to see them as interesting challenges. That change in approach, in itself, made it easier because it didn’t carry with it a judgment that I was somehow flawed, and that those flaws needed to be eradicated.

It’s been a few years now since I began this journey. What I now know for sure is that life is an adventure of discovering challenges, solving them, and moving to a new challenge.

For me, that’s what it means to be alive.

The meaning of life

Quote of the Week

I find myself, at this time in my life, no less challenged, no less plagued, no less intrigued, by what I still don’t know.
― Sidney Poitier

Maryanne Nicholls is a Registered Psychotherapist. To find out more, gain access to her weekly newsletter, meditations and programmes, sign up at www.thejoyofliving.co .