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Dear Fifi: What's the f**king point?

Dear Fifi is DailyEdge.ie’s resident advice columnist. Every Tuesday, she tries to help with one of your problems.

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What’s the point?

Look: I hear ya.

Life is a real bitch sometimes. It can be hard to feel like there’s much point at all when things get particularly rough. As you’re no doubt aware, the larger point of life is frequently said to be doing good, or connections with others, or a sense of unity. That’s the so-called meaning of life. It’s unfortunate then that when we feel truly pointless, kindness can fail us, connections become frustration, isolation descends – nothing seems to work, nothing feels good or like it will again. That feeling, that’s the one that prompts us to ask: What’s the fucking point?  

We feel pointless at times when whatever usually sustains us disappears. The point is knowing that it – or something else just as good – will come back. Always. Knowing that will give you hope. If you have hope, you’ve got everything you need.

The world is frequently wonderful, and I think the point is remembering that, even (and perhaps especially) when it doesn’t seem that way. I suppose I’m talking about hope. Having hope is the point. If you have hope, nothing is truly pointless. Always look for hope. And you’ll always find it.

Nothing is for sure and everything can change without warning. At our lowest ebb, that might seem to compound how bleak we feel, but actually it’s the opposite. Something good can happen at any time. Repeat that. Something good can happen at any time! You’ll never know when, but you can know for sure that it eventually will – no matter how far away it seems.

I don’t know who is reading this sentence right now, but I’m talking to you. Yes, you. Right now, reading this. I’m talking to you. I don’t know what situation you’re in or what is troubling you, whether it weighs heavily or only niggles, whether it’s been with you for long or just arrived. But I do know – no matter who you are, no matter what it is – that you can get through it. I have faith in you, and I don’t even know you.

You can overcome anything. Something good will happen. I know that. All you need is hope. And I believe that’s the point.

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