What is the meaning to life?I've struggled with this question for years as a young adult getting ready to enter the "real" world, but now that I'm really in the "real" world I need to know MY...

What is the meaning to life?

I've struggled with this question for years as a young adult getting ready to enter the "real" world, but now that I'm really in the "real" world I need to know MY answerr. And I was wondering what others thought!

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shake99 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You aren’t just suddenly going to be able to answer a question like this. It’s too dependent on your experiences and development. I suspect that the meaning of life is actually the living of life.

Therefore, you have to give yourself the opportunity to live before you can begin to come up with some sort of personal philosophy that might answer that question. Let me be clear, however. I do not mean that you should try to do every crazy thing that pops into your mind. People use the idea of personal “discovery” as an excuse to do things that are obviously harmful to themselves and others.

Personally, I do not believe this question can be answered without having God in your life. Exactly how one goes about living with God as central to his/her life is open to question, but I don’t think it’s possible to have a meaningful life without him.

So, and this probably isn’t the answer you’re looking for, but you have to live life the best way you can, and look above for gradual answers. I don’t believe that we are imbued with the knowledge of the meaning of life all at once.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is no one answer to this question but I am fairly confident that you will add to your understanding of YOUR life a little each day that passes. The meaning of your life when you are younger may be defined by doing your best to get a good education and to establish meaningful friendships. As you get older it may be about feeling fulfilled in your career and being successful by whatever standard you measure success. As you get a little older you may add things that relate to having a family. It will always be a "work in progress."

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For me, the purpose of life is to do your best for your family and yourself and your society.  I think that, whether you believe in God or not, this can give meaning to your life.  Right now, as a teen, you should be thinking about doing what is best for you so that you can have a life that will be productive.  If you are able to get a good education and make yourself a good person, you will be able to make your little corner of the world a better place.  And really, what more could we ask for?

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

People can have meaning in their lives whether or not they subscribe to religious beliefs. The meaning of life depends on who you are. Some people find meaning in individual achievement, others in devoting themselves to others. Some people have found meaning in a combination of the two. I think the important thing is not to allow others to define what your life should be about. 

thewanderlust878 | Student

In response to what mwalter822 said, I do not believe you need to have God in your life to live a fulfilling life that's worth living. There are billions of people who have done/are going to do amazing things in this world without God. He is not essential to have to live a good life. I don't have a religion at all and I am doing just fine. 

To respond to your question, I think that it is something that you will have to work out on your own. I understand that's probably not what you want to hear, but unfortunately it's true. Life is what you make it, and you will determine your own meaning through experiences and education (and not just traditional school, you in fact learn more outside of the classroom than you do in it). It sucks, and I haven't quite figured it all out myself, but it honestly is something that no one will probably ever fully figure out. 

Hope this helps!

hadijaved | Student

meaning of life is giving love to somebody to help each other.



loraaa | Student

Life is: to live in order to worship God, And building the world.

courtneylarkins1 | Student

Thankyou so much for your responses! I am excited to put all your thought together and make it into my own ideas and beliefs! At this point i am a profound christian and i dont see that changing but it is interesting to hear other points of views of people in the world around me! Im in the process of doing some deep "soul searching" and this helps more than words can describe! I am very appreciative of your reponses

courtneylarkins1 | Student

No, I am christian!

paiblauer | Student

We have been given so much to be here today and I think that the purpose and means to find fulfillment in life is to give back to others.

pranitingale | Student

♣ you asked a very appreciable question which can be never answered EXACTLY..



♣ but still we could try to describe its almost with our views,


every, person as well as organims on earth has its own life which he has to live goodly or with bad deeds it can be simply and scientifically called as a homogenous mixture of problems, happiness, cheer, love sadness, hate etc

♦♦ so it is in our hands that how we are living it.....

☻ since everyday is the beginning of a new day.

☻ it is given tu us to be used well.

☻ we can use it or waste it

☻ but what we do is important.

☻ because, you are exchanging a day of your life

☻ whwn tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever


madihaa | Student

r u muslim? please tell me this first then i will tell you  about real life

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