Written by Dr. Eric Perry
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“There’s nothing like impending death to rouse you from existential boredom.” ~Roger Ebert
One of my pet peeves is to hear others complain about how bored they are with life. They wonder out loud, “What is the purpose of it all if we are going to die anyway?” To be bored with our life is a luxury we cannot afford and should not indulge.
I believe that this combination of boredom and the unreasonable belief that time can be wasted without repercussions is due primarily to not having a clear meaning for your life. Meaning can be found in the most beautiful moments of life as well as the most heart-wrenching ones. Often, the meaning of one’s life is found after you have crossed paths with death. After an encounter with the possibility of nonexistence, we tend to renew our vows to life. Suddenly, life appears to be a luminous blotch of bright colors surrounded by a vast sea of unknown dark shadows. From our vantage point, death appears ominous and threatening as it encircles the luminosity of life.
Death, however, has a purpose. Death reminds us of the frailty of life and the banality of our everyday stressors. Death highlights how truly special life is. Life is anything but boring. We are fortunate to be alive even if it is for a comparatively short amount of time. The very fact that life is so fragile as well as unique (for we have yet to find other life forms in the constellations), should be more than enough reason to cherish it. You are part of the human race and it took a unique combination of factors and incredible odds to make you. Life does not distinguish between races, genders or any other variable that makes humans distinct from one another. Quite simply, you are part of the living.
Acknowledging that death exists is the catalyst for truly realizing how awe-inspiring life is. You are alive and because of that, you have an obligation to those that have died, to live fully and never take any of the time you have for granted.
To find purpose and meaning in life is to quench the fire of existential angst. I am not going to presume to know the meaning of your life. The quest for the meaning of life has been much discussed philosophically, scientifically, theologically and even psychologically. We all will have a unique perspective on the meaning of life made up of unique variables. You alone can identify your purpose in life and find meaning in your life’s events.
Next time you feel compelled to share how bored you are with your life, ask yourself whether there is something more you could be doing to honor your time. Thank you for taking a moment to visit my blog. I hope you enjoyed this post. I would like to hear your thoughts on how you have found meaning in your life.
The thoughts expressed in this blog post are my own and are not meant to create a therapeutic relationship with the reader. This blog does not replace or substitute the help of a mental health professional. Please note, I am unable to answer your specific mental health questions as I am not fully aware of all of the circumstances.
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