Joseph Campbell said “Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.”
Being alive, it sounds simple doesn’t it? But what does it mean to be alive? Do we each define that word for ourselves? What does alive mean to you?
To me it’s more than just breathing, thinking, moving, eating, and sleeping. To that is more or less the basics of living. But alive, like energy flowing through your body. Alive is to love, be loved, to laugh and to cry. It’s to learn about yourself, try, fail and succeed. It’s not passing time waiting for something to happen or making a milestone although all of those this happen.
Alive is to experience and partake in the opportunities that come our way, or we make happen for ourselves. Our successes are ours and only ours to judge and we’d be wise to remember that rule applies to everyone. We need to respect the meaning others bring to their own lives. We need to be willing to step up and help others reach for their dreams where and when we can. Or at least that’s what I think and feel.
How do you define making meaning in your life? How do you define what it is to be alive? What excites you? Have the courage to share, open up and be open to being alive, meaning and purpose.