Recently I’ve been reflecting on life and the meaning of it all. As of late I’ve withdrawn from the internet and social medias out of fear. Fear that I would log onto Twitter only to see news of another terrorist attack or an article informing me of the next moronic decision our incompetent President has made. Medias and news sites are built to play on our fears because that’s what keeps us engaged; what makes us wonder, Could I be next?
Amidst all the foul news it’s hard to stay positive. I’ve spent many a day, though more-so recently, contemplating what it all means. Racking my brain to find an answer or a solution; meditating on the reason why we’re all here; just trying to understand.
But perhaps our purpose isn’t to understand. Whether you believe in God or the Universe or the Self or the Big Bang, the common theme here is that we all come from something bigger than ourselves. Take a minute to be humbled by that- each of us plays a small yet vital role in a much, much bigger plan imagined by some higher being of power. I’ve been trying to understand this plan for years to no avail.
And I think I’ve finally discovered why: Our reason for being isn’t to understand what this world means. We were all placed here by some power that I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around, so to think that I would be able to comprehend said power’s plan is absurd. We weren’t necessarily built to understand the why. All we’re able to do is take each and every opportunity and experience the Universe grants us and roll with it.
“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” –Ben Okri
We are here to discover within us our own ability to love unconditionally, especially when it’s not easy; to forgive and let go of the resentment and hatred that can fester within us like nothing else can; to practice compassion; to live without fear holding us back; to let go of what we think should be and learn to appreciate what is; to grow from our mistakes; to overcome our own ego; to be greater than the greed that our society has prioritized; to experience grief and overcome our sufferings; to come together as a community and stand up for each of our innate rights as a human being; to navigate life mindfully and purposefully.
We are here to create the best and most fulfilled life possible for ourselves. We are here to live happily and encourage others to do the same. Not every moment will be easy, but that’s the point. We are here to learn and grow and rise above and love without limits.
Our purpose isn’t to understand the meaning of life; our purpose is to embody the meaning of life.