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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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."

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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. 

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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?

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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.

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