by Neil Clair
Have you ever thought," What is the meaning of life?" I'm sure everyone has...
|This is my opinion of life. I will share with you my struggles and hopes, and I would like to invite you to hop on the train to tell me your opinions.
To start off, I will say that this is my first time doing something like this. I got the idea of talking about this topic after brainstorming the next chapter of my story (Magic Fingers- feel free to check it out my portfolio. I will place a link at the end of this...article, I guess). So, I am in high school and one of my dreams/goals in life is to be an author or at least something to do with writing and creativity. I think everyone has a purpose. Everything happens for a reason. And even though you may feel otherwise, you are special. Think about it. The possibility of you even being born is one in 400 trillion! That is amazing. And that's not even all. The path begins with the odds of your dad meeting your mom (1 in 20,000). This is multiplied by the chances of them staying together long enough to have kids (1 in 2,000), and so on... (By the way, I got this information from a website called www.businessinsider.com so shoutout to them). As you can see, you are VERY special.
I haven't been medically diagnosed, but I suspect myself of having depression. I noticed recently that I've been much happier so thank the Lord for that . If my plans of being an author somehow doesn't work out, I'd love to be a neurologist or psychologist. The way the brain works is fascinating. Have you ever realized that the brain is the only organ that named itself? Cool, right? It contains about 86 billion nerve cells (neurons) and these neurons are connected by trillions of connections. We, humans, share this planet with as much as 8.7 million other different species and this is to account for the ones we have discovered. The oceans occupy roughly 70% of Earth's surface (you probably already knew that) but we have only explored 5% of it (you probably knew that as well). This means there is approximately 65% of the seas, including dry land, that is left unexplored. Who knows what other animals are out there? And I haven't even talked about space.
Outer space is a very controversial topic. The discovery of Earth being round didn't happen until around the 5th century (and let me just say this to all the flat-Earthers reading this, no offense, but that is just absolute NONSENSE! I don't care if you come at me or whatever, but I swear, if I EVER meet a flat-Earther, it would be the happiest day of my life to just laugh in their face). Going back to what I said in the first paragraph, everyone has purpose and everything happens for a reason. I cannot talk about the meaning of life without mentioning at least one religion. That religion is Buddhism (To clarify, I am not a Buddhist and I have nothing offensive against them. I have my own religion that I follow, and I respect all others whether you are religious or not). A couple months ago, I decided to do my own research about the different religions in the world, jus for fun. I came across Buddhism and I learned many new things such as, Dharma. Dharma is associated with many Indian religions, like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and others. During my research, I realized that this word is NOT an easy word to explain or describe so I will try my best. You can search it up for yourself but basically, Dharma maintains balance in the universe. As long as everything in the universe, like animals, plants and humans, follow their dharma, everything will be fine. Each being has its own dharma. For example, a merchant's dharma is to trade goods or a lion's dharma is to eat and reproduce. A person's specific dharma is based on their age and caste (Caste- any class or group of people who inherit exclusive privileges or are perceived as socially distinct). So, overall, dharma is the meaning and purpose to life. Sort of.
There is so much more to life than just dharma. You can do and be anything you want (just be sure to follow the law while you're at it). Life may be short, but imagine all the things you can achieve in that space of time. Maybe you can travel the world. Meet new people. Or you can become the next Albert Einstein, who knows? You can do anything if you put your mind to it. I believe in the impossible. And it's not just because I watched The Flash on repeat. It's because I have hope for a better future and I'm not gonna let my mistakes pull me down. Yes, there are some days where I honestly feel like giving up. It doesn't matter if you are mentally ill or not, everyone has their day of pain. There are some people in the world who no matter what always have a smile on their face and I truly admire them for that. So, don't let your failures prevent you from doing what you love best. Go out there and make a difference. It doesn't have to be something drastic or big. All you can do is maybe help out a homeless person on the street. Or donate to charity. You don't have to donate a large sum, just a dollar can change someone's life. And if you can't do any of these things, all it takes is just three words to make someone smile: I Love You.
Thank you so much for reading!
(Check out my story if you haven't: Magic Fingers on my portfolio. It's not complete as yet but I'm getting there).
(Also, I did a poem about the struggles in life. Something similar to this, it's called Scars)