What is the Meaning of Life?
This is one of those questions people often ask, especially when experiencing any one of the following situations:
- Feeling down and out, unhappy and depressed
- Feeling useless and worthless
- Something awful just happened to you or someone you care about
- You often wonder why “bad” things happen to “good” people
- Wonder why there is so much hatred and violence in the world
- You think answering this question will solve ALL of your problems…
As an aside, this question makes me think of the 1983 movie, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, which was, as some would say, not for the faint of heart or those who are easily offended but it had some hilarious, witty, and even some gross parts! Overall, from what I remember though, whether the movie really intended to make us ponder the meaning of life or not is debatable, but you have a good time watching it.
Sorry, I digress….
So here goes….you ready? I’m gonna answer this question for you once and for all…..(drumroll please…………………)
The meaning of life is_________
EXACTLY THE MEANING YOU NEED IT TO BE!
That’s it! Simple enough eh? I bet some of you won’t like this answer but, hey, don’t shoot the messenger
So what do I mean by my soon-to-be-world-famous answer (copyright pending LOL)? Well, let’s expound briefly….
First of all, no one can answer this question for you. Don’t waste your money on psychics, $1000 courses, or the like for the answer to this question. Now, what the aforementioned can do for you is help you through a situation and direct you to do some self-reflection. If you REALLY listen to your inner self and learn what “feels right” to you, you’ll arrive at the answer you need at any given point in time!
Secondly, I don’t think any single answer can be commonly shared for everyone. Your life is for you to live and no one can tell you what’s “good” or “bad” or “right” or “wrong” for your life.
As another aside, good and bad are terms I don’t want you to use anymore either. They are relative and carry with them so much negative connotation. Instead, keep in mind what works for you and what doesn’t. That will allow your conscious and subconscious minds to focus better on the situations in your life.
Don’t trust me? Try it for yourself. Take some time to reflect on anything that’s going on in your life (positive or negative) and when you ponder this question (or questions similar like “what’s the purpose of life”), you’ll start to understand what I mean. Don’t think you have to come up with some profound answer either. Remember, life should be simple so your answers will be too!
I won’t charge you (this time)
Honestly, in the end, I just think it’s not a best question anyone should ask of themselves. When people don’t get an answer, they feel lost when they don’t need to be and feeling lost can lead to a whole new slew of problems!
So Now What?
If I just had to answer this question, here are some things I would say (along with feedback from other awesome peeps I surveyed).
- …knowing that love is all that matters, focusing on the love for our work, our friends, our family, etc.
- …simple so our job is to stop trying to make it complicated
- …about forgiving others and not holding grudges (even against ourselves)
- …understanding that we are all one and though we experience life differently, there is not much that really differentiates us from one another
- …all about the experience
- …contributing value to society
- …sharing joyful experiences with others
- …remembering to slow down and savor each moment
- …discovering what makes you happy and doing more of it
- …what makes you come alive because when you stop, you die
I beg people to stop chasing an answer to this elusive question and use that time and energy to live your life fully!
I also contend there is no one “right” answer to this question nor can it ever be. In addition, understand that you, and only you, are free to make life what you want, create life how you please, and even change that creation as many times as you see fit!
Wayne Dyer On The Purpose Of Life
Wayne Dyer is one of my favorite authors and so I invite you to check out this quick video (~4 mins) of him giving his take on purpose (meaning) of life.
Over to you…
What do you want your life to mean? What do you think about this question overall? I’d love to hear your thoughts!