Life. It’s a true miracle that is really hard (if not impossible) to define with words.
The moment you are born, you instinctively start crying because all of a sudden you’re no longer in your mother’s belly.
Suddenly, your safe haven in your mother’s womb has been replaced with a larger one – the womb of the world.
And as you’re observing all the people around you, you start to think about the purpose of human life. You start wondering about the real meaning of your life and existence of human beings.
That one question becomes the main occupation of our mind: “What is the meaning of life?”
As a kid, I remember constantly asking my parents about things like brushing our teeth, eating, making our bed in the morning, and the like.
I would always ask them: “Why do we have to do this?“ and I would always get the same answer: “Because we have to. It’s what people do.”
Back then, life seemed to me was like a pile of tasks that needed to be done for no apparent reason and without questioning anything.
As a child, I didn’t comprehend the necessity of doing something that’s boring or doing something only to make your life more complicated.
Through the years, when I got older, I realized that life is not just a bunch of tasks.
The truth is the following: “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
Now, I’ll be honest with you. I’ve lived a majority of my life thinking if I buy that one cool T-shirt, I’ll be happier.
If I manage to finish college, I’ll feel smarter.
If I succeed in becoming an artist, I’ll feel more worthy. If I finally find The One, I’ll experience true love and blessing.
The wishes were just piling up and as I would complete one, the next would just pop up out of nowhere.
For a long time, I thought that the purpose of life was all about achievements, goals, and accomplishments.
That it was all about chasing the big things.
But, the real meaning of life is far from that. Now I understand that life is what happens when we are busy thinking about how to accomplish certain things.
Yes. Life is not only the positive things. Life doesn’t only consists of goals.
Life is crying, shouting, laughing, bleeding, and coping. Life is smelling a beautiful flower when going for a walk.
Life is enjoying a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. Life is crying for someone you love. Life is laughing at the stupidest jokes.
Little things are what make life worth living. Life is cuddling with your pet. Life is eating your favorite ice cream at 3 AM because you can’t sleep.
Life is checking your Instagram account in the morning and laughing with your friends about those funny memes.
Life is eating healthy food, exercising, and taking care of your well-being.
Life is also eating junk food and not giving a damn about it.
Life is helping an old man or woman cross the street. Life is sunbathing on a beautiful beach or on the grass in a small, cozy backyard.
Life is crying because your favorite character in the movie or series died. Life is buying groceries (even those you don’t necessarily need).
Life is being stuck in a long traffic jam, getting real hungry, and cursing everyone around you.
Life is an ongoing struggle of blocking Google ads on your computer. Life is enjoying wasting your time because you have no idea what to do at the moment.
Life is our struggles, silly moments, fun times and those less fun. Life is our everyday life.
Life is what happens when we’re looking for its true meaning and each person gives meaning to their own life.
Life is where you are at this very moment while you’re reading this article. It’s breathing.
It’s kissing your loved one for the first time. It’s even asking yourself that same question over and over again: “What is the meaning of life?”
Life’s meaning is everywhere around us and all we need to do is open our eyes and start looking, absorbing, and understanding it.
We often forget that what we do doesn’t make us who we are!
It doesn’t matter if we belong to the lower class, working class, middle class, or upper class – life is not about being powerful or rich.
It doesn’t matter if we’re working as a waitress, if we’re a hairdresser, or the head of the company.
Life is not about being better, richer, prettier, or stronger than others. Life is not a competition – we often forget that.
We often forget that because we’re constantly bombarded by all those advertisements forcing us to spend more money and play by their rules.
Life is not about that. Life isn’t about chasing prestige, social status, or cool brands.
The meaning of human life is not about chasing artificial happiness and helping those powerful companies to continue manipulating us and become even wealthier.
Life is not this worn out sequence: graduating, finding a job, marrying, having kids.
Life is what happens in between these things and it is the process of achieving them. The secret of life is not the pursuit of happiness.
The secret of life is within us.
And the purpose of life is to find the purpose. The purpose of life is to ask yourself: “What is important to me?” and “What does life mean to ME?”
What are the things in life that matter to you?
Do you enjoy spending time with your family, hiking, swimming, doing your job, making your partner feel special?
The purpose of life is knowing what matters to you, appreciating every second spent on it, and having fun while doing it.
The purpose of life is to enjoy life, find something you’re truly good at, and use your potential to the fullest. And this doesn’t have to be big.
Life are the things that make us who we are!
Life is getting that uncontrollable urge to burst out laughing with a mouthful of food, all the while knowing that you’d be the one having to clean up the place, so you end up rather choking on your bite to save yourself the hassle.
Life is warming your hands by hugging a hot cocoa on a long, lazy, winter’s day.
Life is whispering to your partner “I love you,” even though you know they’re sleeping and they probably won’t even hear you.
Life is walking down the street with your friend and making fools out of yourselves by pretending to be foreigners.
It’s being nervous as hell before making a speech in front of a large audience.
Life is having those deep, emotional conversations, the ones that leave you fulfilled.
Life is the unrealistic dreams that you dream of with your friends at 2 AM somewhere outside on a hot, summer’s night.
Life is that grievous face of yours when you realize that the scoop has just fallen off your cone.
Life is realizing that some people are just passersby through your life because they aren’t meant to stay.
Life is surprising your loved one, friends, or family with a DIY gift. It’s those weird sayings that no one else but your best friend understands.
Life is the time when you wished you hadn’t said or done something. It’s when you finally pass the test you’ve been studying your ass off for.
Life is taking risks. Life is accepting that you’re not perfect and you’ll never be, and that’s more than okay.
Life is not giving a damn about what people think of you, but being proud of yourself for who you have become as a person!
Life is not being ashamed of your flaws and quirks, but embracing them with every fiber of your being because they are what make you truly unique and special.
Life is being you!
Life is loving yourself despite everything – because, at the end of the day, all you have is yourself.
The sooner we start appreciating ourselves as being brilliantly flawed human beings, the sooner we’ll realize what life is really all about!
And that’s what life means to me.