What is the meaning of life?
We've all asked the question. We've spent countless hours debating with ourselves. Sometimes, debating with family and friends. There is no definitive answer that will possibly cover every scenario and life situation. Often, we give up trying to find the meaning. Sometimes we think we've found meaning only to experience a life-changing event that completely disrupts our meaning of life. We've spent a lot of time contemplating this question.
Many books have been written on this very topic. Notable philosophers and thinkers, all had something to say about it. But much of it was either too complicated or just not relatable. It was much too advanced for most of us to comprehend, much less adopt the ideas.
However, there is a new school of thought that is gaining popularity, is relatable, and seemingly applies to all situations. The philosophy we are talking about can either be disheartening or empowering. In simple terms, the philosophy is:
Life has no meaning.
When every possible explanation of why we exist is incorrect, maybe the simplest solution is the correct one. That life literally has no meaning. That there is no meaning in what we do or what happens to us whatsoever. That us living beings are in a cycle of life and death - endlessly.
But... if life really has no meaning, isn't it all too dismal? Why do anything at all? We'd like you to take a look at it from another perspective. That if life truly has no meaning, we are starting from a clean slate. Not just every year on Jan 1, but also every day and every moment. Imagine -- you can literally decide at this moment that you want to begin again. There are many reasons why the theory that life has no meaning is empowering rather than discouraging.
You can begin again.
Every day, in every moment, you can choose a different destiny for yourself. This means that no matter what you've done in the past, you still have a chance to create meaning. What really matters is what you do now. You can decide that this is the beginning, or, the end of something. Right here.
You can give it your own meaning.
Since there is no meaning in life, it's a blank canvas. You can give life the meaning you want. You can not only decide what meaning you want to give to life but also, how to lead from the meaning you give your life. It's almost cathartic to know that there is no predestined purpose or a path that you must travel. Life is not trying to teach you something, nor is it trying to fulfill its own higher purpose that you are not aware of. Life is simply what you want to make of it.
You can let go of your past.
If life has no meaning, your past also has no meaning. You can finally put down all that baggage you have been carrying around for years. Lighten your load and shed those cares. Truly, let go of everything that happened to you that does not serve what you want your life to become. Your destiny or future is not tied to it. You can give your past whatever meaning you want. You have the power to look back and decide if that incident was good or bad. It's all up to you.
You can create the life you want.
Since life has no meaning, and you can let go of your past, you can then start creating the life you really want. You can begin the journey of creating a life of meaning right now. It can be what you want it to be. If you decide today that you want to dedicate your life to making people close to you happy and that is your purpose, so be it. If you have caused unhappiness to your loved ones in the past, you can let it go and start on the path of a meaningful life, right now.
Living by this principle can mean more mental space for many of us. Some of us have the habit of mulling and getting lost in thought for hours. Neglecting daily life and just pondering the unanswerable question of life. If this is something you do on purpose, that's fine, but if you find yourself on this mindless thought-hopping unwittingly, you can let that go, too. When you live by this definition, it helps clarify things in life. You spend less time in your own head and more time in the present.