25 Totally Terrifying Meaning of Life Questions Worth Asking
One of my wishes for Profound Journey is that it be a community. To that end, the Tribe Stories section of Profound Journey is a place where you are invited to talk with all of us. Sometimes you might share a story. Sometimes you might want to answer questions: not-too-scary, slightly scary, or perhaps totally terrifying meaning of life questions.
Stories from the Tribe
So far, we’ve heard from:
- me. I started the ball rolling with The Best Compliment Karen Ever Received, my answers to 25 not-too-scary questions.
- Susan Millard who answered the not-too-scary questions in Why Susan is a Phoenix. She also responded to some of the slightly deep ones in Why Susan is Determined to Write a Memoir.
- Fran Fearnley answered the not-too-scary questions in Fran Fearnley’s Secret Creative Goal. Then she did a video interview with me for Missing Zimbabwean Sculpture Changes Fran Fearnley’s Life.
- Fran K shared three stories with us: Fran K’s Second Ending, 15 Years After the First One; We Weren’t Prepared for This When We Visited Cambodia, and Nudged Along in Retirement.
- Donna Connolly thought outside the box and gave us creative one-word answers to Slightly Scary Questions.
- Liesbet shared her Life Less Ordinary in responses to twenty Slightly Scary Questions
- Debbie Kasman recently told us of her Lifetime Interest in Parapsychology
The Choice is Yours
If you think you might be interested in sharing on Profound Journey, your choice about how you do that is wide open.
- Share a story that reveals a personal concern (as defined in the post on virtual friendship): role, goal, skill, or value.
- Tell us a story about an experience you’ve had.
- Answer whatever questions you choose from any of my three lists, including the totally terrifying meaning of life questions below.
- Or make up your own questions and answer those.
- Written responses are great. I’m happy to add photos or to use ones you provide.
- Or how about a collage, a poem, a painting, or a video?
- If you’d rather chat and you live in North America, send me your phone number. I will interview you over the phone and write up the responses for you.
But if you don’t want to do any of that, that’s fine too. Use these totally terrifying meaning of life questions to have heartfelt conversations with loved ones or for some intimate self-reflection.
25 Totally Terrifying Meaning of Life Questions
Here are the questions. If you prefer, you can download a copy of the meaning of life questions here.
- What in your life might make other people envious?
- What ghosts haunt you? (question from Natalie Goldberg)
- Where did you always want to go, but didn’t?
- What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
- If you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today? (Question from Sofo Archon)
- What did you start over again?
- When was the first time you were afraid? (question from Natalie Goldberg)
- What do you yearn to give, and to whom would you give it? (question from Martha Beck)
- Under what circumstances are you willing to lie?
- What was your biggest mistake?
- What is your purpose in life? How is it reflected in the way you use your time?
- If you were given a choice to live as long as you want, how long would you like to live? (Question from Sofo Archon)
- What are you avoiding?
- Describe an experience that led to personal growth.
- What is your biggest problem or issue right now?
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
- What does a ‘full life’ mean to you? What does it look like?
- If you could choose just one thing to change about the world, what would it be?
- What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back? (Question from Marc Chernoff)
- What activities make you feel really useful, alive, and strong? (Question from Danielle LaPorte)
- If you woke up tomorrow with no fear, what would you do first? (Question from Dawn Barclay)
- What will you need to do differently if you are to live the life you truly desire?
- To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? (Question from Marc Chernoff)
- What will be your legacy?
- If you could erase an event from your mind, which one would you choose? (Question from Dawn Barclay)
Which question would you be least comfortable answering? No need to say why.