Three Big Questions
When I was a freshman, many students were asking three big questions:
- Who am I?
- Where am I going?
- What is the purpose of life?
Many students enjoyed the mystery of these questions but didn’t spend any time actually looking for answers.
My Big Question
At that point in my life, I felt confident that I knew who I was and where I was going, but I struggled with the third question for nearly two years. When I had a little free time, I’d find a quiet place where I wouldn’t be disturbed and tried to come up with a good answer to this question. The question seemed to imply that there was an answer – that there was a clear meaning for life.
For a time, I toyed with the idea that there was no meaning to life. People were born, lived a life of comfort or suffering, and they died – and none of it mattered. I didn’t like this answer either.
Finally I came to this conclusion. The meaning of life is not given to us. The question should not be “What is the meaning of life; it should be “What is the meaning of my life?”I didn’t need to search for an answer waiting somewhere to be discovered. No stroke of lightning, no voice in the dark was going to tell me the answer. It was up to me to make decisions about my life. How will I make my own life meaningful?
When I shared my answer, some people didn’t understand the question. Some thought the answer was obvious. I was the only one who considered the answer a great discovery. Some of your questions might be like this. But I would suggest that when you spend the effort to explore questions like this, finding the answers can change your life.