“The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.”

-Joseph Campbell

What’s the meaning and/or of life?

Looking for such answers is a quest that everyone goes through at some point.

And while it’s normal to wonder about it, I’ve always felt that in many ways it’s a quest with no real answer because life is a different journey for everyone.

What the final destination is for one person is different from another.

To someone who’s dreamed of being an astronaut, their sole purpose would be to find themselves inside a rocket in space. One who aspires to be a lawyer or a police officer dreams of ridding corruption and crime from society.

In that case, it’s best to look at it from this point of view: life is ultimately what we make it.

Sure certain circumstances are unavoidable, but the every decision we make that’s in our control has an impact one way or the other.

Every person walking this planet has some purpose to fulfill. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be here. But what exactly that is a journey of finding out. The only ones who know for sure are the divine forces.

But for us humans, finding that purpose is one long journey. Sure, we can predict certain destinations in the short run. If I do the laundry, I’ll have clean clothes to wear. If I pay my bills on time, I won’t be in debt.

But in the long run? None of us can really say. All we can go by is going about what we hope is our destination with sincerity and hope.

Rather than wonder what’s the meaning of life, we should ask ourselves what are the steps we should take to reach a destination we ourselves create. Maybe we’ll get there, maybe we won’t. But create the path and follow it.

So what’s the meaning of life? In my opinion, whatever you aspire to be or do at this very moment.

Do you often think about the meaning or purpose in life? If so, what does that mean to you? How do you feel and react when things don’t go the way you planned? How often do your goals change? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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Hi, I'm Neel! I'm a writer (fiction and poetry), a journalist and currently working in the advertising business. I'm also a mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago.
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