6-7 years ago I was going through a "what does it all mean" time in my life. I went deep with it and found some dark places. I tried really hard and the harder I tried, the darker it got. And (spoiler alert) I couldn't figure it out.
My dear friend Chris Yeh had dinner and told me that he had also gone through it but realized that lots of other peeps who are much smarter than him spent time contemplating it. And none of them really figured it out.
So, I put down my Viktor Frankl book and went on my merry way and didn't think much about it.
Just by living I've learned more about the meaning of life than I ever did thinking about it. I embraced a few items that felt right:
- I'm a lifetime un-learner
- My relationship with my daughter is where I find a model for (close to) unconditional love
- I'm human
- Helping others feels better than most anything else, most of the time
- I find God through you
The more I live the more I'm shown. These concepts found me through experience.
It's the same concept of problems solved in the shower from the workplace. (Um, no, not AT the workplace, FROM the workplace...)
Whenever I talk about this stuff in front of Zoe she shakes her head and wonders why adults waste their time thinking or even talking about it. Maybe she's got it. Maybe I just live the best way I can and leave meaning aside because she seems awfully happy living without contemplating it.
Hmmm, maybe THAT'S the meaning of life!!!!