Tough decisions are a lot easier when you have direction. To give yourself a starting point for those decisions, find the “theme” of your life. Your theme can be found in your perspectives, passions and interests.
Dumb Little Man makes a case for the importance of having a theme in your life. Namely, it gives you direction. But before getting into all that, what exactly is a life theme? They define it as a unifying message throughout your interests, passions, favorite books, movies, quotes, etc. Writer Lovelyn Bettison says:
I first noticed my theme one day when I was sorting through a bunch of poems and short stories that I’d written. I started to notice some commonalities in them. I thought it was interesting so I thought about it a bit. Then I started to notice similar commonalities in the videos I chose to watch online and the images I shared on social media. The words I used to encourage friends and family all had at their core the same message. That’s when I realized that this was my theme. This was the message I most needed to present to the world.
Your theme might not necessarily be a specific message or life lesson. It could just be the perspective you have on life, even if its not an encouraging one. Maybe your theme is exploration and the search for truth. It seems kind of pretentious, I know. But it’s useful for creating specific goals. If you want to write a book, for example, you have a better idea of what sort of topics will keep you interested.
Knowing your theme can help shape your goals, make better decisions, meet like-minded people and just understand yourself a little better. It seems pretty broad, but she offers some specific advice for finding your theme. Overall, it involves listing out your hobbies, interests and philosophies and finding common threads in all of them.
For more detail, check out her full post.
5 Reasons Your Life Should Have a Theme | Dumb Little Man
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