Oh my goodness yes! If only everything were all of the sudden perfect. Then, I suppose that was never what God intended. We’re not really supposed to get to attached to this world, right?
I think you are absolutely right about the experiences that get us to the meaning being equally if not more important than the meaning itself.
I’m really quite positive that, beyond Jesus of course, there isn’t a person in this world that is born knowing why they are here. I think we have to sort of… grow into our purpose. I mean, the things I know now… had I known them 10 years ago.. they wouldn’t have meant a thing to me. I wouldn’t have listened or followed through.
Indeed, wouldn’t that make it all so much easier? Like suddenly this oblique gray veil is lifted and we see things crystal clear for the first time and know exactly why we’re here, what we’re meant to do, how to go about doing it, etc? Gah, that would certainly make life easier.
But maybe the inherent complexity of life means that life itself is not supposed to be easy–maybe like you said, the meaning of life is in each of us finding our own meaning which in reality, can really only be done after facing insurmountable hardships, suffering, triumphs, love, sadness, and all the other oddities that we run into in life. :)
Like anything, I think it’s more the journey that matters than the ultimate destination–here it’s the journey to find the meaning that may matter more than the meaning itself.
Its really just because the timing is really good on the post. Its been extremely recently that I really feel like I’ve figured that out. I totally realize that I could say it a million times and it probably won’t mean a thing.. because things never do until they are supposed to, ya know? But, nevertheless… I thought I’d throw my 2 cents in there :)
Now.. if only figuring out your meaning meant all your problems just floated away…