Where to go from here
Life simply is
What's the meaning of life? Why do we get up in the morning, clothe ourselves, eat, go to work, etc. etc.? There are times when I think that those who have strong faiths are rather fortunate; they don't have to question the meaning of life.
During my quarter-life crisis, I began to wonder about what was the main motivating factor for me in life. As I worked - paycheck after paycheck - what goal was I striving to meet? For most of us, the dream of getting a job, making money, buying a house, and retiring is the ultimate path. I worked and saved to one day retire. What world would I be retiring into? I'm not entirely sure. Thus began a conflicting journey: if making money to retire was not the meaning, or purpose, of life, then what was?
Lawrence Krauss once said that the mistake humans make is in assuming that life has a meaning. But that instead, life simply is. Humans choose to give meaning to what is actually a meaningless existence. Plants bloom simply because they must bloom. We are because we are. In many ways I found that rather depressing. In others, I realized that perhaps that's the answer to that age old question of "What's the meaning of life?" The answer: life simply is. If we just are because a series of events birthed us into existence, then we are free to go about this world without an agenda - without a purpose. Life will happen as time flows forward. All we have to do is follow the tide.