I've achieved everything I set out to achieve in life, but I'm only 32. What do I do now? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
Stop selling yourself short. The only reason you feel like you already accomplished everything is that you are too afraid to ask for more.
There is more that you would like to do. Even know you are looking for something that gives your life a new purpose, so why not make it the things that you want to do?
Why not ask life for a masterpiece, for a fancy car or for an amazing relationship instead of one that is "good enough".
The only thing that is good enough is what you really want. Period. You should not settle for anything less!
Look at where settling has gotten you. You have an existential crisis, looking for advice from people you have never met that do not know a thing about you so that you can find something that keeps you busy.
Why are you so afraid to ask for more?
We all know it will be hard, but you know that is not something to be afraid of. You will most likely fail, but so what? Standing up is easy. So what is it that terrifies you so much that you are looking for other things to do that are easy?
The truth is this: Unless you are going for what you truly want, no matter how difficult it is, you will be on an endless journey that will never lead you to where you want to go.
In Germany the saying that goes "Um den heißen Brei herumreden", literally translating to "talking around the hot mash (as in mashed potatoes)".
What it means is that instead of tackling the problem you already know is there you would rather avoid the confrontation and talk about anything else. That is exactly what you are doing right now!
You are avoiding the real problem with all your might, and you can do that for as long as you like, but it will never make you feel fulfilled. You know that already.
You are saying that there is "no point" in getting a fancy car or creating a masterpiece and I completely agree, but there doesn't need to be one!
The only thing that matters is what you want! We all desire things that make no sense at all. Clothes that look slightly different but serve no purpose, foods we know are bad for us but taste great and things that serve absolutely no purpose, but we want them anyhow.
Stop trying to find a reason for everything and just do what you want! Wanting something is enough of a reason to go and get it. Your emotions are just as important as any logical reason you could give.
In the end, you can do this as long as you like. If you want you can run around for the next ten decades chasing after meaningless goals you know will not fulfill you. Or you can get over yourself, ask for what you want and put in the energy and effort to get it no matter how scary it is.
The choice is yours.
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