What’s the meaning of life? Why are we here? Do we have a purpose, or are we just… here? Are we supposed to accomplish some predestined mission? If we all have a predetermined purpose, then what decides if our purpose is to create world peace or empty garbage?
I think to determine the meaning of life, we have to first change the way we look at it. We seem to subconsciously expect life to be good, we expect to be fed daily, get a job and maybe get married, to us, that’s what life is. But because people think this way, we tend to over-react when bad things happen. I think the key to a happy life is living with no expectations. Don’t expect life to be perfect, and don’t expect it to be horrible… just take it as it comes. If we live this way, maybe we’ll finally appreciate all the good things in life instead of taking most of it for granted. Thinks like good food, flowers, sunny days… or even smaller things like nice way someone says your name, the smell of paper or the fact that we have shoes. We would miss these things if they suddenly disappeared, so why do we treat them like they’re nothing?
Once we start experiencing life as it is, then we can focus on our purpose. Why were we put on this planet? What are we meant to do?… Nothing… We were not born to accomplish anything. If you want to do something with your life, if you want a purpose, you make it. If you want to teach poor people in the slums of India, do it! If you want to be the best Wal-Mart greeter in the world… do it! Nobody’s stopping you and nobody is forcing you. You got to make it happen.
While you’re working towards your goal, don’t forget to actually live life. Make your life worth while,
To me, the sign of a meaningful life is accomplishing the things you set out to do and being missed when you’re gone.