Extracting meaning out of our lives

3/19/20242 min read

silhouette of person standing on rock surrounded by body of water
silhouette of person standing on rock surrounded by body of water

Ever got a feeling what you are supposed to do with your life? Amidst all the brouhaha, what exactly is the goal of your life, how your life is going to be about let’s say 5 or maybe 10 years from now? Have you ever wondered - which is that one mountain you must conquer to enable you to look back at your life from your deathbed, feel proud about and die smiling?

Most of us are unaware of the direction that we must take ourselves for achieving the maximum out of our lives. We may have the sharpest brain, mightiest heart & a will of iron but applying them at the wrong door will lead us to a place where we actually don’t want to go. And that is what will make us feel mediocre when we stop & analyze the work already done. Turning back and restarting may not be a feasible option at that time. There will be just regret left to deal with.

However, most of the times, the realization that we are moving in the wrong direction may aggravate the problem in a sense that – ‘if not this, then what?’ And then it becomes a vicious circle of trying to leave what you have been doing so far and searching for the correct direction, only to realize that there is nothing to move forward to and only dissatisfaction & discontentment in the old direction. And then that box of ‘what ifs’ opens up and life becomes a canvas of quickly appearing possibilities regularly getting engulfed by the slow & harsh realities of life.

A sane mind will argue that in such cases, it is prudent to go back in the old direction and continue on that path, hoping that one day; it will become the correct path. But the idea that ‘this is not what I am supposed to do in life’, even in the most remote corner of your brain will make you cringe every night before .you sleep. It’ll crawl under your skin, prick under your feet, itch inside your nose and will make you shout inside your heart until you do something about it. It’ll make you look at your life with the somberness of a tired, lonely, broken and helpless man who is lost & looking for water in a vast desert. You may have earned billions, driven Ferraris & circled the world, but that idea will forever remain lodged inside your brain like an irretrievable bullet and give you migraine till you die.

The only chance you have is to face that idea head on and find something to do for the rest of your lives that makes you lose track of time and space around you. That something which makes you smile in utter loneliness, makes you want to live more every second, makes you want to cry in happiness, makes you forget the unfairness, ugliness & the disgust of the real world around you. That which makes you want to climb the tallest building around and shout out to the world – ‘YES, YES, YES’.