So, the entire world is on a quest. A quest to search a purpose of life. Also, called as finding meaning, having a vision and so on. Basically, they say , “begin with why”. Why are you here? Were you sent here to do something specific? Are you doing that ?
How do you find out what is it that you want to do? A kid says, ” I want to become an artist,” to his father. His father frowns, and says ” You are going to become an engineer,” further adding “my decision is final!”. Is this the way the kid is ever going to find the meaning of his life?
“Socrates says that the unexamined life is not worth living.
But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker as well?”
― Kurt Vonnegut
Frankly, when I was growing up, even though I was free to pursue anything I wanted, I did not have the emotional or mental maturity to visualize my future in any one particular way and then go after that vision. The probable reason being, I wasn’t exposed to such analytical thinking.
“The problem for us is not are our desires satisfied or not. The problem is how do we know what we desire.”
― Slavoj Žižek
People do things first, because that is how it is supposed to be done. Isn’t it? Herd mentality, remember? If it turns out right, great, no questions asked. But, if it doesn’t turn out as expected then the questions begin, followed by the blame game, regret, anger and even depression.
As we grow older, our life decisions bear fruit. This is when we realize our follies and they appear much bigger in proportion to us now than what it may have seemed when we were young.
Searching for a purpose in life is not over-rated. If you are blessed enough to have discovered a clear path to walk on,early on in the journey of life, eventually you may reach your goal. But if you miss taking certain steps at the right time, life may never give you a second chance to get back on track.
Having said that, at the end of it all, do not expect to find some treasure buried in a faraway land.
“The end is not the reward; the path you take, the emotions that course through you as you grasp life
– that is the reward.”
― Jamie Magee
The meaning of life is different for each one of us. Eventually, it is up to us to give our life meaning. Wherever we are and whatever it is we are doing, it is always possible to find a meaning to our lives in that moment itself.
“We’re on this planet for too short a time. And at the end of the day, what’s more important? Knowing that a few meaningless figures balanced—or knowing that you were the person you wanted to be?”
― Sophie Kinsella