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5 Ways to Find Meaning and Purpose Beyond Work

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After 20 years of working, I never thought the day would come that I’d have to go on social security disability due to mental health issues.

And though I continued to work at several agencies for another nine years, each try led to a breakdown or inpatient hospitalization, which has ultimately left me unable to work for the past six years.

The loss and shame associated with not working, along with my fear of what friends, family and others would think of me — especially when it was a considerable part of my identity — was despairing.

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