It's been a while since I've been here. Life has been busy, but I am now on 2 weeks vacation which allowed me some thinking room. And here's what's been on my mind.
We're all going to die. No matter what we do, our fate is sealed. I don't know about any of you who have more years of wisdom than me, but this hit me hard. Sure, we all say we're going to die some day, but how many of us actually dwell on the idea and on what it actually means? For the past week, that's what I've been doing. Everything I've done in my life and everything I will do will be forgotten, everything that I am and will be, will fade into nothingness. Everything I've worked on in life, everything I thought was important, everything I stressed and worried about, would have been for naught.
Now, from a thiestic point of view, our life here serves as a passage into the next realm. Yes, there are many takes on the core idea, but most faiths are quite similar. So, after death, we get reincarnated, we go to heaven, we go to hell, etc. But there is still the issue that everything we held dear while on Earth was futile, everything we stressed and worried about was pointless.
From an athiestic perspective, we have our life and when it's done, it's done. Which makes the reality of death all that much harsher.
So, what should we be doing with our life. What is the best way to make use of our life, to make it meaningful, to make it worthwhile?
Wealth? Success? Knowledge? Friends? Fame? Health? I think there is only one thing that we can do to make our life truly meaningful and that is to do our utmost to make a positive impact in the lives of those that we frequent. All the above mentioned things will be nothing when we are gone, however, changing someone else's life, and impacting it for the better will remain with that person(s) for their life and perhaps their children's lives. Yes, everything fades in the end, but at least we helped someone, we were selfless instead of selfish which too many people are today.
So, personally, I am going to do my very best not to worry about mundane things that I know will be meaningless in the end, and do my very best to help and positively impact anyone's life that I can. I want to focus on others instead of myself. Yes, a balance must be found, but I don't want to be known as someone who was successful, but didn't have time for others.
Those are my thoughts, I'd love to hear your take. I know it's a morbid subject, but it's something that has been weighing on my mind. Have you thought about this? What conclusion did you come to?