Live a life worth living – part 1 WHY

Posted by Nathan Jefferson
Jul 23 2013


So we are supposed to live a life worth living… Why?  Now that is a basic question that is very easy or hard to answer depending on your viewpoint.

You will have to figure out your own “why” but I’ll suggest a few reasons: It’s God’s plan. You deserve it. Your family and friends deserve it. The world deserves to be full of people who feel they have meaning. And countless other reasons, pick your favorites.

A person could wax philosophical for hours or hundreds of pages on “why”. Pick up one of hundreds of different philosophy, self help, spiritual or even celebrity expose books and they will give you a lot of “why”s. You could spend the rest of your life delving into the meaning of life itself…

My simple answer – every life is worth living. No matter how bad you think things are, or no matter how bad you think things might be – you, everyone, has a purpose here on this earth. If you don’t think you have a purpose here on earth, please seek help immediately.


Ok, now that we’ve completely glossed over the “why” at a philosophical level, let’s dig into the why at a strategic level.

I like to suggest examining these buckets that will be used in the next few installments at a deeper level:

  • Family
  • God
  • Friends and community
  • Country
  • Yourself
  • Your spouse
  • Leaving a lasting legacy

You can group/ungroup or add as many as you like but I’ll use these as a starting point. You should have a reason to live, something(s) that bring you pleasure, that you are proud of.

By now I’m sure some of you are asking “what does all of this have to do with survival and preparedness?” My answer is: Everything. Followed by a question back to you: Why do you want to prepare and survive? I’m guessing that most of your answers will correlate back to those buckets above.

It’s just a thought process  to see “why” you are really preparing.  It’s not to survive the zombie hordes. It’s so you can survive the zombie hordes and see your children grow up in safety. Or the goal is to survive and help your friends, community, and church prosper. Or to provide compassion and aid to as many people as you can. The disaster or calamity that you are preparing for can’t be a why in and of itself.

If you don’t know why you are preparing and why you want to survive I suggest you really think about the core drivers for your actions.

All too often people get too caught up in food storage or tactical training, or sometimes people just ‘phone it in’ and buy the designer multi-year food packages without ever really knowing why. It is really easy to get caught up in that rat race, but we aren’t going to be a part of that, we have a purpose for everything we do.

Ok, so I know why, what now?

You have your reasons why? All of them? Some? A few? Write them down, as many as you can think of with as much detail as you can.

Done? Now for a fun exercise: pick the 2 or 3 most important reasons and highlight them somehow. Next pick the 2 or 3 you wish you were doing better in and highlight them somehow. Don’t feel bad if those two groups overlap, after doing this exercise with a few dozen people about half the items highlighted fell into both categories.

So you’ve got your most important reasons why.  Now figure out what can you do today or tomorrow at the latest to improve, even if only a tiny bit, your standing in those areas. Just do it. Don’t think too hard about it. Do it.  Go to church. Call your daughter. Go for that walk in the park. Do something nice for your spouse. Just do it.


Ok, enough for today, I’ll have the next installment on ideas of how to live a life worth living up in the next day or two where we will jump into each of those buckets in detail.

I hope you like this series – if you missed it please jump over to the introduction and leave a comment to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

And remember: You can’t stop living life. You can’t let any one thing consume your life. You’ve got to live a life worth living.

4 Responses

  1. Inor says:

    Good God man, do not over think it. Life is hilarious. Even when it is bad, there are still plenty of things to laugh about. I am always waiting for the next joke or the next absurd episode. I fully expect when I meet the Maker at the end of it all, His words to me are going to be: “Sorry for the inconvenience” – to quote Douglas Adams.

    P.S. I enjoyed your post.

  2. Why? Why live? What’s worth living for?
    Every moment of every day there is something to learn, love, enjoy or just fun to watch.
    My road for the past eight years has reinforced that I need to live life actively. I have things I want to do, explore, learn and people I want to love, enjoy, know better than I do now. For me life is the reason to live – not just survive but LIVE.

    Great post and I am looking forward to the next.

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