What is the meaning of life?
That is one big question humanity has been asking since time immemorial.
It’s a difficult question. For one, life is manifold and complex. As the cliche goes, life is what you make of it. There’s also the fair argument that meaning by and of itself is a social construct, therefore making the question sound irrelevant and pointless.
Before we can arrive at a satisfactory answer, maybe it’s a good idea if we change the question a bit.
What is the value of life?
Now that’s far easier to answer. After all, the word “value” pertains to functionality. It sounds more tangible.
But then again, life and the value thereof can only be interpreted from one’s own perspective or point of view. From here, the question shifts again, and you end up asking, “what is the value of my life?” or “what is the value of my journey and life experiences?”
Of course, the only way to answer this question is to ask yourself what things in life you value most -- your passions, your joys, your hopes, and your dreams.
What makes life worth living?
What do you want to achieve?
How would you like to be remembered by the time you leave this mortal coil?
If you really want to know, you have to really dig deep -- maybe set aside some time for deep reflection.
Eventually, you start figuring out that the only way to know is to find your true self.
But before you can do that, you have to stop playing by the rules. Only by staying true to yourself will you be able to find what truly is valuable in your life.
And for that value to manifest itself for the rest of your life’s journey, you have to take off your blinders and live your life in a way that feels true to you and makes you happy.
There will be times when you have to face your fears, knowing that moving forward is the only way to go. Only by conquering your fears will you be able to reach your full potential as a person and live the life you were meant to live.
Do you enjoy writing? Do you find sheer enjoyment in traveling? Do you love helping others, spending time with your family, doing art, or all of the above?
Of course, for your life experiences to be truly valuable, you have to enjoy them in their full glory. In this fast-paced world where we can do nearly everything on our mobile phones, it’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of our daily routines that we forget to bask in the things that really matter.
So focus on the things and the people that matter to you. Enjoy them. Luxuriate in them. Find value in them.
Only then will you be able to find your true self. Only then will you be able to unlock your life’s full potential.
What is the meaning of life?
Maybe it’s about time we stop asking that question.
Maybe it’s about time we treat life as it truly is -- an opportunity. After all, a lifetime is an opportunity to live, to love, to get hurt, to laugh, to feel joy. It is yours alone.
In the end, life is what you make of it, so you might as well make it meaningful.
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