I love this quote by Viktor Frankl
"We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those being questioned by life – daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.”
Quite a tough mental tussle. Frankl went through one of the roughest existential trials for a human being--surviving life in a Nazi extermination camp, something the likes of which most of us may be lucky to never experience, yet he still found purpose in savouring every breath he took. I look at that and think that we are given life simply to live (as opposed to surviving): to enjoy every moment we are alive, to do the best that we can in the circumstances; to learn everything that interests us; to actually taste
our food--not just chew and swallow it; to help others where we can; to excel at whatever we do; to do right unto others, and try to create a better world; to give, and accept, love; to sing, dance, and laugh all our laughter, and cry all our tears. There is a great book by Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace--
a great movie was made from it too--which may make good reading in answering the question, "What have you done with all these things that have been given you?" In other words, what will the world remember us for?
At the end of the day, the answer to this question in our individual lives may afford us comfort in knowing that our time on earth has had some meaning for others, and consequently, for ourselves.