21 questions that make you think deeply

First, I have a confession to make. The subjects I ponder on the pages of Simpler Life Today are not new. They are not unique to me. I am not an authority on them. I don’t think I am a seasoned or prolific writer. I simply attempt to offer my perspective together with some inspiration.

More so, everything that I write or touch upon, you already posses within you. It’s just that I had some extra time to contemplate it. You already have the answers in you as well, and your answers are perfect for you. So the only missing part, are the questions that make you think deeply (I hope).

Well you’re in luck. I prepared the following 21 questions for you to ponder and contemplate upon. Sorry, these are not multiple choice. But the good news is, there are no wrong answers. Only the answers that best apply to you.

Here is how I recommend you proceed. Take out a paper and a pen. After you’ve read each question, write down the first thing that pops into your mind. Don’t dwell too much on the answers. The faster you answer, the better. Try not to spend more than one minute on each question. At this rate you should not spend more than 21 minutes to answer them all.

As you answer some of the questions, you may experience an emotional release. Place a checkmark next to those answers. Be truthful with yourself. The answers are for your eyes only. As an experiment, bookmark the page, and repeat in six months. Compare your answers. See what you can learn about yourself.

The following questions about life are in no particular order, except for the last one (don’t peek).

21 Questions to make you think:

1. What is one thing that makes you the happiest?

2. What is your greatest strength?

3. How much of your life do you imagine?

4. What one thing are you really good at?

5. What is the one thing that people usually ask from you?

6. If you had to, what one thing would you teach someone to do?

7. What is your greatest believe or conviction?

8. What one major difficulty have you overcome?

9. If you had one year to live, what would you do and accomplish?

10. What would you do in the last day of your life?

11. What is one thing you would like to be remembered for in this life?

12. What is your greatest regret?

13. What is your greatest accomplishment?

14. What is your greatest fear?

15. What would be one message you could send to the whole world?

16. What one historical person would you like to speak with? Why?

17. Would you sacrifice yourself to save a loved one?

18. What single activity do you love to do the most?

19. How do you see your life five years from today?

20. Who are you? Not your profession, origin or ethnic background. But who are you really inside?

21. What is your life’s purpose?

Just one more question, did any of your answers surprise you?

Live well. Vlad

6 Responses to 21 questions that make you think deeply

  1. motivationMY January 28, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Oh my! these are indeed tough questions!!

    I am a new reader of your site. Keep doing what you do best.


    • Vlad January 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      Hi Syaf,
      I appreciate you coming by the site, and for the words of encouragement! I’ll make sure to visit your site!


  2. Lily April 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Umm, I was sort of shocked that my greatest strength is the same as my greatest weakness. Odd huh?

    • Vlad April 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

      HI Lily,
      I understand. Sometimes when we take a closer look at ourself, all kind of interesting observations can pop up. But eventually it all leads to a greater insight. Thank you for the comment. :-)


  3. Christina May 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    A lot of my answers shocked me. I’m always questioning what I should be doing as a career for my life and most of my answers kept going back to working with children. As I’m getting older I am realizing that is my passion in life and what I think I’m meant to do. I would like to be teaching children or counseling them through their hard times in life. Thank you for this post. It was very helpful.

  4. Vlad Rapoport May 30, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    Christina, thank you for your share. Perhaps there are people who know what they want from life from the get go. I wasn’t one of them! It took me many years to finally understand my purpose in life. And it’s still evolving.

    But I believe it’s never too late to follow your passion in some form. Glad you found the post useful!

    Good luck to you! Vlad