The meaning of life is like the search for a lost heirloom wedding ring. Thinking about the generations that wore it before and considering the implications of what it means to have something like that in your possession – but wanting it back.
I’m on a search like that at the moment, and as I search my house, the pool, my work, it makes me anxious.
Will my wife be mad at me if I don’t get this right? Whether the question involves “what is he meaning of life”, or “will I find my lost wedding ring,” the answer is mostly likely no – not if I can continue to love her and provide for the family alongside her.
That is part of what makes meaningful for me.
Your meaning may be completely different. At this point it might be expressing yourself artistically – doing excellent work – gardening – or going on a world adventure.
The quest is the meaning.
But that search and the lessons along the way teach little lessons, I’ve found. And the drive to find meaning, helps fuel whatever I happen to be doing, or whatever phase I am in.
The fact that I derive meaning from money at this time – hasn’t always been the case. When I was younger I thought that kind of pursuit was empty and trivial. I realized after a lot of trial and error, money represented ‘appreciation for work well done,’ and stopped despising it and the people that had it.
The meaning of life is not money – but doing useful things for people to the point where they want to give me money, is part of my meaning. Customizing a framework of meaning for your own purposes, that is productive and practical for yourself – in my experience is a strategy that works for enjoying oneself.
Do I have any real platform to be able to say what the meaning of life is?
Absolutely not. No more than you or the next person. I simply like to share a little fun along the way, a little hardship along the way, a little bit of community, emotional truths, and my experiences.
If I never find the ring – I promise you, life will go on. And I have to find some meaning in that, or I would be in rough shape. That’s the truth for me, but I believe some people live just fine without some search for meaning – or some way of making meaning out of their experiences.