Last updated: July 18, 2013
I declare...That the meaning of life is to find fulfillment in one's own passion, and seek happiness and contentment in the way one chooses to live.
As humans, we are gifted with the opportunity to make choices and determine our own destinies. Every person is unique in the comfort or discomfort they choose to define their lifetimes. All we are given as people is the opportunity to experience and cherish what life is.
Unfortunately, many of us cannot make all of our own choices with what we want to do. We are born into poverty or are forced into a certain lifestyle based on our families. Life should not be only about the jobs we get or the people we marry. But we must try to take what we want of out life despite our setbacks and boundaries.
Life has no purpose but to be experienced. Every way that we experience life is equal when we do it out of our own ambitions and desires. We can use our lives to help the well being of those around us. We can use of lives to create. We can use our lives to destroy. We can use our lives to simply watch and absorb. In no way are the ways in which we live lesser or greater in significance when compared to others. Life is not a game that can be won or lost. It is a game that is played, and then it is over. We may believe that the choices others make are poor, and pale in comparison to our own, but our own opinions do not define the meaning of someone else's life. The meaning of one's life can only be judged by what their life means to them.
George Washington is known as a hero throughout the United States for using his life to help America become its own country in the Revolutionary War. He found his fulfillment by fighting for what he believed in. Jack the Ripper is known as one of Britain's most infamous serial killers. He used his life to commit homicide and defy the law. He found fulfillment by murdering others. Both George Washington and Jack the Ripper pursued their goals and ultimate happiness in life. In the end, their lives had the same amount of "meaning" to them, though morally perhaps George Washington's lifestyle was richer.
In the end, life is an experience that we all feel. We give life all of its purpose when we make every day leading to an ultimate goal, and when that goal is reached we create another goal that stems from the prior one. If that is what we find fulfilling, if we cannot be happy unless we are constantly working toward achieving something, then that is a way for us to live. But it is not the only way, nor should it be.