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May 21, 2011


I also started asking that question early in my life. The answer I'd give my 10-year old self (or any other 10-year old) would be something like:

'The meaning of life is to find out what makes it meaningful for YOU and then keep doing that. Find out what you're good at, what you like doing, what makes you feel like you're making a special difference ... and then do exactly that.'

My own short version? To live life beautifully.

It just struck me that any kind of answer is such a huge responsibility! And interpretations are so varied. Needless to say, the meaning of life is never far from my mind... Precious kid, for already thinking about it!

There is no one "meaning" to life. It is simply life.

Humans ponder these things, which I guess makes us human, but far better to live with enthusiasm and love and caring towards others, noting and protecting the beauty that can be found in even the smallest thing.

Mostly, though, a meaningful life has to be about others, not ourselves. As long as we are stuck in our heads contemplating life and "what it's all about" we run the risk of missing out on our time on this earth.

Sometime I ask myself, "If you knew you would die in six months, what would you be doing today?" My answer is where I find meaning, for that day.

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