Do we owe it to ourselves to live a meaningful life?
Yesterday, whilst Suze and l were out in Deal doing some shopping and attending to the various bits and bots we had between us, we stopped for a quick bite of lunch in a small diner. It was busy, packed in many respects, with a ever changing thoroughfare of people traffic.
I find these places fascinating – of course there was a time when these places filled me with dread and l would avoid them like the plague or l would have to be wearing fifty shades of complicated mask to cope – but these days l am finding my ability to cope with busier people places easier and realised that if l simply started to enjoy the experience and treat it like a learning curve into ‘peopling’ and observation, then my own Asperger’s was not so much of an issue.
One of the things l thoroughly enjoy is listening in or tuning in to conversations from other tables .. eavesdropping l think it’s called … l have a new series planned in for the start of next year called ‘The Things People Say!!” which will be a new story writing prompt and this is based upon literally, ‘snippets’ of conversation we hear everyday if we listen.
Beside us in the diner were two ladies of perhaps the mid 70’s range and they were talking about all sorts of things. Christmas, children and Christmas, how busy the town was, the terrible weather for the time of year, the usual the elderly discuss when sharing a coffee time together l have noticed here and yet, strangely enough – profoundly so the eldest of the two suddenly said
“Have you ever seen the film ‘Saving Private Ryan? The one with that lovely man, Tom Hanks!”
“Yes l have, why?” Replied the other.
“The last moments of the movie where Tom says to the younger man, “Earn This” – do you ever ask yourself this?”
“Ask myself what dear?”
“Well have you earned your life, have you lived a meaningful life?”
There was a silence as the other lady looked at the question asker … “I think so, l hope so, but is it important to live a meaningful life or is it not just enough to live a life and get through to the end in one piece?”
“I don’t know, that’s why l asked you?”
It was an interesting snippet of conversation between two ladies of as said mid to later 70’s age bracket, but quite profound. I was quite enthused by this and was about to say something when a quick kick from Suze reminded me that it was NOT my conversation.
Below is the clip of the film in question ..
So, my question .. Do we owe it to ourselves to live a meaningful life?
What do you think? Do we owe it to ourselves to make our lives mean more than simply getting from A – B and back again? Is it not just enough to start life with birth and get to the end as in death, in one piece as in exist or is it our responsibility to ensure we live as full a life as we can?
I guess the other question remaining might well be, how does one define a meaningful life? Is there a distinct difference between living a happy life to a life filled with meaning? What’s the meaning of life? Is there a purpose – or is it simply we are born and we die, what we do with our life is down to us.