Sometimes my life is so routine that I don’t even stop to look around at anything. I wake up, go to work, go home, and do it all over again. Recently, I’ve been slightly mixing up that routine, and with that, I have really started pondering the meaning of life. I don’t feel there’s a central meaning of life that we all are working towards; we are all on different paths, but after plenty of experiences and thought processes, I think I have a pretty decent grasp of what the meaning is from my point of view.
It’s not really as scary or complicated as I ever thought it was. I don’t have to go out and do something huge or spectacular. I don’t have to wait until I am older. I am making my life happen right now, despite the fact that I am young and frankly, lost as can be. I know what I want in life and I know where I want to go for the most part, but that’s not all completely within my control. What I do have control over is what I am going to do right now, and what my grander purpose is. It took a lot of tears, hugs, long talks, and nights alone for me to finally see what the heck I’m doing here. I sincerely believe my purpose in this world is to make as many connections as possible.
I am going into a career field where networking is essential to my future successes, but by “connections”, I mean something so much deeper. I’m not here to meet a future employer through some person and get a job, settle down, and call it a day. I am here to meet strangers and incorporate them into me, and me into them. I am here to create friendships, to form memories with the people I have met and will meet, to change the world around me by helping those I encounter. I am here to be covered in the many prints of the many people I encounter. I am here to form bonds that cannot be broken. I am here to not be changed by who or what is around me, but to grow as a person as a result of those I come in contact with. I am here to change lives, even if that means just changing a day for someone. I am here to love. I am here to allow each moment I have spent with someone to leave its mark on my life. So many people flow in and out of our lives, still leaving some trace. I am here to embrace what others leave on me. I am here to understand the marks that have been left, no matter how slight. I am here to find the connections that are extremely important.
I thrive on the bonds I am creating every single day. Whether it’s a simple coffee date with a friend, a hug from a coworker, singing in the car with my best friend, or reuniting with an old friend, the memories I create with people mean so much more than some typed letters could ever tell you. My purpose in this life is to form bonds. It’s as simple as it sounds, but also as complex as any mind could ever make it. I’m not here to get an amazing job or drive a nice car or have infinite amounts of money; those things may happen and I wouldn’t be opposed to them happening, but they aren’t what I am working towards. I want to leave something with every single person I encounter. I want my smile to create a movement within someone. I want my actions to help change someone’s circumstances. I want my words to be full of meaning. I don’t want to listen just to reply. I want to listen to, take in, and understand the words being fed to me by the people I am surrounded by because, to me, those words are more valuable than any worldly possession.
I don’t know why life happens the way it does, nor do I think I will ever really be able to explain what is really happening, but as long as I continue to forge and maintain bonds, I know that I’m on the perfect track. After finding myself in a little funk, some good conversations and some stress-free experiences with people that have impacted me were enough to open my eyes.
A simple smile can flip a person’s day, a helping hand can restore hope in humanity, the exposure of some deep thoughts can detox a mind that has been exhausted. No amount of interaction is too small; each and every day is a chance to go out and experience this world through each other.
People are significant, words are significant, and, to me, there is nothing more important that finding ways to connect with people, while also embarking on experiences and keeping a level head when life gets kinda crazy. A crazy life isn’t always a bad thing anyhow, as with all the “bad” crazy that may arise, there’s always good on its way. Every action has some sort of reaction, and that also goes for choosing how happy or unhappy we will be. I know that as long as I am growing with the people around me, I will be happy. These people are what complete me. I can’t predict my future, but I can grasp and immerse the moments leading up to whatever my future may hold, and honestly I see that as being far more important than reaching some measurable degree of “success”.