So this post is going to be kinda long. Soz. Buuut, it’s everyone’s favourite: the meaning of life.
So I’m just going to get stuck into it. I think instead of asking what is the meaning of life, ask what is the meaning of joy?
I don’t mean happiness, because that is so fleeting and rather insignificant. Happiness can be a simple, ice cream (as I am having now) or taking drugs illegally (which I vehemently protest against). But the ice cream is gonna melt (which mine is doing as I type) and with drugs, you’re going to have to come down from that high, or worse still, face charges, and face reality. Or if you’re like me, happiness is having a good laugh with friends.
But right now, I’m not going to remember my ice cream, 10 years from now, heck I’m not going to remember it 4 hours from now. Or my funny conversation with my friends.
Joy is an ongoing process, I think. It’s funny in the sense that; you bring joy to others, you bring joy to yourself (personally speaking anyways). It comes from understanding your situation, appreciating what you have (or don’t have, like poverty) and GIVING SOMETHING BACK to the people or community that surrounds you. I think what I’m getting at is, joy comes from being connected to others, SERVING OTHERS.
If you’re Christian like me, you might have heard of “JOY: Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last”. I think that’s so true. Anything you do for yourself is going to be… well, self-centered. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing!! In fact, I would rather someone did nothing in their teens to help the community, graduate, go to uni, get a degree and HELP THEN, than helping the community and failing school. You have to help yourself, then help others.
BUT! If the school (because I’m still in school) is organising a charity fundraiser, or a chance to participate in national projects like Clean Up Australia, or The Red Shield Appeal, then PLEASE, go! SERVE others, think about other people, rather than yourself! I mean, there are 7 billion people in this world, not just you.
Also, make the most of the time here! If your school offers these kind of things, well, time is limited! If you’re a teen, go join the jazz band or something! You have ONE year in each year. Do something while you’re there. And; YOU’RE GROWING UP OR GROWING OLD, FAST. [I’d much rather you grow up.]
Which brings me to my next point. TIME. Or the lack of it. There’s one thing we can’t cheat, steal, or buy, and that’s time. What has time got to do with the meaning of life? Well, you know how at the end of every sentence there’s a full-stop? Yeah, the end of time for us, or death, is our full-stop. Some people like to whine about how what we do is all going to become worthless because we’re all gonna die, and it’s inevitable so what’s the use. But other people accept it (maybe not embrace it, haha) and say, well if I’m going to live this life, only once on this planet, I am going to live it *insert description of life here*. I think this generation has understood the inevitability of death. BUT then they take it the wrong way and use #YOLO as an excuse to party and get drunk and take drugs and have sex. The FINAL group of people go: I only live once, okay, but I am going to GO and bring JOY to others, and I am going to GIVE BACK to this world which has so many problems and needs me. But there’s only so much time, before that full-stop, so make the most of every day, and don’t look back to regret what you’ve done. Look back and say, “My life was more than parties, drinks and fun, it had a purpose, and a meaning.”
Okay so we’ve kind of come to the conclusion, the meaning of life is: bring joy to yourself, through serving others and bringing joy to them. But a huge part of life is going to be about you, seeing as, you’re the one living it. Ultimately, make the most of your time here. Don’t be afraid to stand out! And don’t be afraid to be kind to others. And you must remember: YOU’RE THE ONE LIVING YOU LIFE, not your parents, or your siblings. You’re responsible for yourself. So whatever you do, every decision you make, is your own choice, and you’ll take responsibility, which also means, you’re the only one who can make yourself get up in the mornings, or write that essay.
I don’t actually know if that’s a conclusion on “what is the meaning of life?”… But whatever you choose to do with it, don’t look back and regret it. And remember, today only comes about once. THIS day, TODAY, once happens ONCE IN FORVEVER.
And now I leave you with three quotes.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why it is called PRESENT.”
~ Mast Shifu (from Kungfu Panda)
“38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
~ Luke 6:38 – New International Version (NIV)
“3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
~ Philippians 2:3-4 – New International Version (NIV)