The Unseen Anchor: Finding Purpose in the Digital Drift

Gholamreza Zare
12 min readNov 11, 2023

Picture this: you’ve just spent an entire day diving deep into the endless sea of your social media feeds, emerging only for the occasional snack or bathroom break. As you resurface into the real world, you realize you’ve journeyed far and wide across the digital waves yet haven’t moved an inch in the grand ocean of life. Welcome to the modern age — a dazzling, dizzying whirlpool where ‘busyness’ masks the gaping void of purposelessness. It’s like you’re on a luxury cruise liner decked out with every imaginable amusement. Yet, you’re drifting aimlessly because someone forgot to install a rudder. This is the story of our times — the quest for purpose in an age where your value is often measured by your Instagram story views rather than the story of your life. Let’s embark on a slightly less digital but far more meaningful adventure to find out why, in this day and age, having a purpose is not just a fancy option but a necessity for a healthy life. Buckle up, and it’s going to be a ride with more twists than your favorite TV series binge.

Finding Purpose in the Digital Drift

Introduction

There’s a peculiar thing about the modern age — it’s like we’re all aboard a high-speed train, zooming through a landscape of endless possibilities, eyes glued to our screens, fingers tirelessly scrolling. Imagine me, on a typical Tuesday, clad in my favorite pajamas, a cup of coffee in one hand, phone in the other. I’m a digital explorer, navigating the vast terrains of Twitter, scaling the peaks of Pinterest, diving into the depths of Reddit — yet by sunset, I’m exactly where I started: on my couch, as productive as a sloth on a lazy Sunday.

I’m a digital explorer

This digital odyssey we’re all on, it’s flashy, it’s addictive, but let’s face it — it’s as nourishing as eating popcorn for dinner. We’re busier than ever before, yet it often feels like we’re running on a treadmill — lots of sweat but no real destination. That’s where the concept of ‘purpose’ comes in, an elusive treasure in our hyper-connected world. It’s the missing piece in the puzzle, the anchor we desperately need to stop our aimless drifting in the sea of digital distractions.

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Gholamreza Zare

Tech enthusiast & writer on a journey of self-improvement and software engineering. Reach me at ghrzarea@gmail.com. Explore more: https://amazon.com/author/zare