“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
― Joseph Campbell
A bold title, I know.
My intention here is to share with you, what I believe is the meaning of life. Not in a philosophical or religious context, but rather, what I believe creates a life of deep meaning and continuous joy on a daily basis.
Now, we all have a different path, story, mission, purpose, destiny, journey…you get the idea here… so I can’t really tell you how your life’s going to unfold or what the meaning of your life is. That’s for you discover, but my hope is that you feel comforted and guided while reading this.
Our ability to create meaning is 100% dependent on our willingness to trust the process, take risks, grow, and take responsibility for our choices. Most of us believe that we are a product of our circumstances and that things are happening to us, rather than for us.
The fact that we’re alive in human form is, quite frankly, miraculous. To have the insane luxury of consciousness, AND the capacity to be aware of feelings like love is just bizarre.
I mean, I feel like I’m crazy for feeling this way. haha. But we’re all just a little bit, right? #AQUARIUS #LIFEPATH#9 😉
The meaning of my life continuously changes as I test my own limits. However, taking risks in an adrenaline-pumping-way is low compared to my desire to want to evolve mentally, emotionally. and spiritually, which is a daily thing for me. I’m also passionate about being in flow states as often as possible and empowering others to end their internal suffering so that they can reach their fullest potential.
The meaning of my life is to be creative, have fun, laugh, see the world, love, live, write books, give talks, and empower others.
Never in a million years did I think I’d be on this path though. I was just in a lot of pain and needed answers. So I went on a quest to heal, and in the process, I died and came back to life about a thousand times.
I cried and mourned until I literally felt as though I had cracked myself open. Shortly after this mind-shattering experience, I realized that we’re all connected, and the pain I was experiencing was a product of my own rumination and inability to cope with life.
I used to see myself separate from others. That I would never be, do, see, or have what I had been searching for. Ultimately, all I wanted was to feel loved and accepted in ways I never recieved as a child.
But all that pain was a part of the journey— it was a part of shedding, healing, dealing, coping, and rising above what I believed was impossible for so long. After I “cracked open,” I started questioning societal 9-5 jobs and the food I was eating.
And I know...
It’s not always easy to look at our hard truths. It’s scary to let go of certain identities. The mind wants to hold onto every sliver of familiarity because it’s all it knows despite it not being good for us.
The ultimate goal is to listen to the guidance of your intuition when you’re in a position like this and know that you will never truly feel ready to dive headfirst into a new passion, career, starting a business, or ending a relationship.
We can’t live our lives dancing on the outskirts of our lives. That’s not where lasting fulfillment lies.
Witnessing yourself change is such a weird experience.
Sometimes it hits us like a lightning bolt, and other times, it’s a slow progression of metaphysical shifts that stem entirely from a shift of consciousness and what you allow. The outside world is merely a reflection of the internal work you’ve done.
For me, my hard truths weren’t accepting that I was a failure like I was told most of my life.
Instead, it was the realization that I was beautiful, lovable and unique in my own way. My hard truths were, in fact, the deep understanding that I wasn’t what who I was brain-washed to believe. There’s a great deal of responsibility that comes when we dig into the false stories and mirages that have been keeping us asleep.
But they’re all lies.
Lies we’ve been sold and told; a conditioning of what the masses believe is culturally normal.
Yet, when you challenge societal beliefs and what you believe about yourself, you begin shedding layers that don’t serve you and begin walking in your light.
But a lot of us are afraid to even begin to crack to the surface of what’s possible, and that’s completely normal. It’s also why the majority sit in front of the TV for hours in an attempt to drown out the shadow and darkest parts of who we are.
But in our shadows, we find the most beautiful pieces of our soul that have been begging to be seen and heard.
Somewhere along the way, we’ve learned that being open and vulnerable is shameful.
We feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help. We feel scared to unmask who we really are, away from our job, from our relationship(s), and from the constructs of our identity.
A question I consistently ask as a way to anchor myself from the masses of social distraction and ego-driven tendencies are….
Who would I be If I had nothing or no one? I’d be kind.
Who would you be?
The human experience isn’t about shutting down pieces of who you are. The human experience is about embracing all parts of what makes you, you.
We’re guided by our senses, emotions, experiences and drawn to certain circumstances and people based on who we’re deciding to be. Your connectivity with others and yourself is based on how well you’ve embraced the “human-ness: of you, both good and bad.
We are extremely complex beings and the beautiful thing about the world we live in is that nothing is identical. We may see identical twins, but looking closer, we see that they have their own idiosyncrasies that separate them from each other.
Every single person you meet will carry a perspective, beliefs, and stories that have resulted in their own outcomes.
Sometimes you hear how past conditions are holding them back.Other times, you see how they’ve cultivated a prosperous life regardless of their setbacks.
One of my biggest life lessons has been learning how to embrace my past.
My past wasn’t a matter of poor decision making on my part.
It was an unfortunate circumstance I was born into that has become the best gift of all.
I’m not special. We all come from the very same cloth. We have the resources within to heal and surpass any circumstance. I stand by this belief until the day I die.
I’ve been on all sides of the emotional spectrum. I’ve felt depressed, angry, frustrated, overwhelmed, stuck, sad, helpless and abandoned.
The foundation of my childhood wasn’t ideal. The metaphor I give for my past circumstance is as if a rose garden were planted in a desert. There was soil, (a roof over my head), and water (where my most basic needs were met), but my environment wasn’t set up to blossom. Instead when I was a kid, what motivated me was to prove my father wrong with how little he expected, and how verbally abusive he was.
So naturally, I became a rebel, a fighter, and challenged his authority by excelling at what I was good.
The meaning of my life won’t be the same for you as it is for me and that’s what makes each and every single one of us unique.
Your story, your past, your perspective and the beliefs yourcarry about yourself, reflect out into the material world, and how the universe and people respond to your being is a result of who you are.
The beautiful thing about being human is that we can make a deliberate, conscious decision to move forward at any point in time. Is it easy? Yes. We just get in our own way. We believe that by staying angry or upset, it will somehow justify the means.
We are not victims of any past or present circumstances. We are victims ONLY if we choose to be in that framework.
I can’t erase my past. I still have moments where I WISH and DREAM, BEG and CRY to feel unconditionally loved. But I can’t go back and change it.
Why do we wrestle so much with what is? And how can we learn to co-exist with the imperfections of our lives?
Your life’s purpose is to find what it is that gives you meaning, and to share it with the world. So I invite you to explore these deeper parts of yourself in wonder and curiosity.
I’d love to hear what the meaning of your life is or what you’d like to create. Send your response to firstname.lastname@example.org — I’d love to hear from you.