Being Happy In A Meaningless Life

We live a meaningless life and then we die. How can someone be happy with such a bleak disposition?

My philosophy is that human existence inherently has no meaning. I have come to terms with the fact that everything that I do in this life will amount to nothing as it fades into the vastness of this universe.

Our lives are absurd and we are but a tiny fraction in the universe, a blip in time that will disappear as fast as it appeared.

I have been made aware that the way I think is a form of nihilism. I have also been told that it is such a miserable and mundane way to live. Despite what people say, it isn’t as bad as it sounds.

“We live a meaningless life and then we die.”

This pessimistic outlook sounds ironic coming from someone like me. A lot of people get taken aback when I, someone who is seemingly optimistic and always happy, say this.

There is an enormous universe which only shows how common, short-lived and fragile our existence is. When you confront the randomness of the universe, then only will you find the importance in the things in front of you.

Due to this, my life means nothing to me and I do not own it — it belongs to the hands of the universe.

Create your meaning.

Instead of seeing meaninglessness as a dead-end, regard it as a blank slate. When you aren’t given a special existential purpose, you have full power to create your own.

I have found meaning in my life by making myself laugh and bonding with those I love. I have found meaning in fostering good relationships with people. I have found meaning in creating and contributing.

This is more than enough for me.

I am happy when I am with those I love and when I help others. And when I leave this world a slightly better place than before I was born, that is when I’ll be at my happiest.

Doing what I enjoy with those I love is far more important than trying to find answers to unsolvable questions about existence.

It is not hopelessness.

Just because I don’t believe existence has a meaning does not mean I do not find meaning in life.

A lot of times I’ve been told that I’m giving up and taking no initiative. That could not be further from the truth.

Instead of living life chasing the illusion of a predestined purpose, I would rather live in the now — appreciating what I already have and creating for a better future.

For people like me, the only thing more terrifying than not existing and not knowing why you exist is existing and having no one to share it with.

This article was originally published on Medium.