A Life Examined
“"Its not the things you do dear; It's the thing you leave undone, which gives you a bit of heartache at the setting of the sun..."”
— Margaret Sangster
If you're fortunate, at some point on your life journey, there will come a moment in time when you wrestle with the meaning of life, or more importantly, the meaning of your one and only life. The realization that there must be some meaning or greater purpose for your existence. I once read it described by a favorite author of mine as the "cavernous ache." To never wrestle with this is to live a life unexamined. And to live a life unexamined is the greatest tragedy of all.
My own wrestling experience began with a feeling that something was missing that I couldn't quite put my finger on. It's a question that evolves over time and will only be fully answered when I stand face to face with my Maker.
Until then, I want to live intentionally. I have realized that the "cavernous ache" is supposed to be there and it's only eased when I'm living with purpose as the best version of myself that I can offer. I want to engage with the world around me and not mindlessly stumble through it. My worst fear? Reaching the end of my life and realizing that I didn't fully live it. Have I perfected this? Absolutely not. But that too is part of the journey. The learning. The trying. The failing and the beginning again.
I encourage you to live a life that you're proud of and as F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "if you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."