I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. Joseph Campbell
I know I’m alive, because my senses tell me so. Let’s take for example, the experience of lunch at a restaurant. My ears hear the soft muzak playing in the background. My skin feels the breeze of the air conditioner. My eyes notice the colors of the food contrasted against the plate. My nose catches the aroma wafting up from the plate. My tongue savors the saltiness and sweetness of the food.
That’s a pretty good experience. But you know when my senses really light up? When I’m sharing that experience with someone. If I surprise my friend by showing up with her favorite lunch, and together we delight in the sight, smell, and taste of the food, then I enjoy it a hundred times more than if I sat in a restaurant alone. We might take our lunch down to park where there is an afternoon concert in progress, and then we hear the sound of other people talking and laughing while we eat. Then the breeze the ruffles my hair feels much more refreshing than the a/c blowing on me as I sat alone at my tiny table. Now, I am fully alive.
The amount of life we can feel by ourselves is limited by our senses. Other people magnify our human experience. Their senses plus your senses equals an experience of being alive.
Give of yourself and bring others into your life, because you’ll feel more alive.