15 Signs You Aren’t Living The Life You Deserve & Need A Change

15 Signs You Aren’t Living The Life You Deserve & Need A Change ©iStock/wavebreakmedia

The universe has a tendency of giving us subtle signs about our ideal paths in life. Sometimes, you just know that you’re headed in the right direction, and other times, you’re not so sure. The problem with the signs that the universe sends you is that they often aren’t blunt enough for us to realize what they’re saying until later on. Here are some to look out for that indicate you may deserve more than the life you’re living:

  1. You’re beginning to question your sanity on a regular basis. When you’re on the right path, you won’t question yourself constantly. You’ll feel like you know what you’re doing, and it’ll be great. If you’re beginning to wonder if you’re being crazy or selfish, separate yourself from the people or things that are making you feel that way. Chances are, they’re dragging you down.
  2. You aren’t feeling rewarded by your lifestyle. When you’re headed in the right direction, you’ll be very happy with the job you have, the people around you, and your overall attitude. When you aren’t, you’ll wonder what you could be doing differently to make things better.
  3. Bad luck is always around the corner. Somehow, everything keeps falling through. Doors that are supposed to be open are being slammed shut and no matter how hard you work, you’re constantly met with rejection and resistance. This is a subtle sign that the universe is telling you that you need to try your luck elsewhere.
  4. You constantly feel unappreciated by those around you. Though it’s true that everyone gets taken for granted once in a while, if this is a regular occurrence, it might be because you’re supposed to be with another group of people instead.
  5. Your finances are totally terrible. Everyone, especially those in creative fields, tends to go through financial rough patches. However, there’s a difference between a standard rough patch and having absolutely no luck whatsoever. If things that were once a surety are constantly being pulled out from underneath you, you might need to have a new direction in life.
  6. Certain doors are still staying open, despite you thinking they’re not a good fit for you. For example, if you’ve been offered a job in finance but were always working in real estate, you might want to consider giving it a shot. This is especially true if your real estate job has been making your life a living hell.
  7. Deep down inside, you know that you deserve better than what you’ve been getting. If you know you’re in a toxic situation, you owe it to yourself to leave.
  8. You’re beginning to feel a pull to a different direction in life. This might be a subconscious “nudge” telling you that it’s time to switch gears, or that you’ve grown up out of your current situation.
  9. You’ve had random moments of serendipity that suggest that it’s time to look to another kind of life. Have strangers come up to you, told you that you’re special, then told you that you need to try another path in life? Have you had strange occurrences that have kept you from going to places you were supposed to go, only to later find out that you dodged a bullet? These might be subtle signs that it’s time to follow a new way of life.
  10. Things are harder than they’re supposed to be. A good sign you’re in the wrong path of life is when you simply can’t seem to get your act together — even when everyone else in your situation can. If you’re breaking your back and barely making any impact, you aren’t living the way you should be.
  11. You decided to try a new idea for once, and it worked amazingly well. Whether it’s a visit to a new church, a new exercise routine, or just a new style of clothing, all new beginnings start with a single step. If that first step feels great, maybe you should keep walking.
  12. You’re slowly beginning to meet a new crowd. These things do take time, but it’s a good sign. If you’re not where you’re supposed to be, people often will come into your life in order to gently nudge you in a different direction. Maybe you should take the hint?
  13. People are suddenly disappearing, too. If you’re headed down a really bad path, people who were once close to you will begin to distance themselves. You’re not living the life you’re supposed to live if you can’t find any of your best friends near you.
  14. Every day involves the question of “what if?” You’ll never know until you try to make it happen. If you always wonder what life would be like if you pursued a different path, it might be a good sign that that’s the life you’re actually supposed to live.
  15. You feel that there’s more to life than what you’re living. When you feel like there needs to be something more solid in your life, it’s time to make a change for the better.
Ossiana Tepfenhart is a New Jersey based writer and editor with bylines in Mashed, Newsbreak, Good Men Project, YourTango, and many more. She’s also the author of a safe travel guide for LGBTQIA+ people available on Amazon.

She regularly writes on her popular Medium page and posts on TikTok and Instagram @ossianamakescontent.