By Michael Robinson
“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Life is about relationships. Whether it’s love, friendship, or family. The most important thing in life, is to love and to show love to those who love us. Being alone, is not living. Having someone there to be happy with and share your life with, is the most important thing in the world. Having someone to be happy with, can come from anything from a friend to offspring. Not only does it give us happiness, it gives us purpose.
When it comes to children, we gain happiness through teaching them and helping them as they grow. To live with a focus on family, is a great purpose to live by. We don’t work, learn, and experience things just for ourselves. No. We do it for the benefit of those, in generations after us. We prepare for them, so they might live well. Perhaps, even more than us.
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Someday we all must die on this earth. Most of us hate to think about it, but it something that must happen no matter how long we post pone it. Some people face this reality head on, in their own way. Such as living life to the fullest, even if it means dying young. But, I think there should be more to that. I believe it is better to prepare now. To prepare now with the drive and fire to leave behind what we have in our minds, for those in generations after us.
Having offspring may not be an option for all us. But, passing information on to others who are not related to us, is good as well. I think this is seen everyday, by what teachers do. They pass what they learn to us, so we may live better and be prepared for the challenges within our futures.
Overall, we are all social beings in need of a relationship connection, that gives each of us purpose. And, in the end, happiness with no regrets. I want to end my time on this earth with the thought that I have left a piece of me behind, for the benefit of someone I cared about. What could be more important than that?