It’s All Pointless In The End — How To Be Motivated When Nothing Matters

Lukas Schwekendiek
5 min readAug 3, 2021
Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

The tallest buildings will crumble to the ground, the most creative stories will wither away and even the biggest names will be forgotten.

Time will eat it all. Nothing will last in the end.

So what do we do? After all… it will all be gone anyway. So nothing really matters.

The countless hours you put in your job, the exercise and health you have, and even every achievement, no matter how big or vast it reaches, nothing will matter later on.

So why in the world would we do anything?

Why struggle and grind and suffer if we are all going to die anyway?

Why go through trying so much stress to achieve anything? Why go through so much pain if it doesn’t change anything anyway? Why do anything at all if it does not matter?

How do we stay motivated knowing that it will all be irrelevant?

Many people that think this way end up confused, lost and stressed.

They fear being worthless and having nothing to hold onto.

In a frantic search for meaning most of us cling to any speck of purpose, but once we understand that time eats everything it simply will not matter anymore.

With that in mind it becomes incredibly difficult to do anything.

But while this is binding it can also be freeing.

Let’s run with this idea for now, this idea that nothing matters in the end.

Does this not mean that we can do anything we want?

It doesn’t matter either way, right? So why not just do everything we want to as all the mistakes, failures or embarrassments we get along the way will also be null and void?

The thing is: If nothing matters that means nothing matters.

Neither the good nor the bad.

We often think that all the amazing things will be worthless and fall away, but the negatives will fall away with time as well!

The embarrassing moments in your life, the failures you encountered and all the pain you received and caused will also, eventually, be forgotten with time.

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Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post.