Life is as meaningless as existing. So say the nihilists. Though true these thoughts may be they should not be reasons for depression or melancholy. Instead the focus should be, as Albert Camus suggested, to find a meaning out of the nothing.
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” — Albert Camus
It’s a great opportunity we have. To create our own meanings. To create our own purpose. We all are rolling our own respective rocks up and hill and back down a hill. The point is to find the right hill or rock for you. The rock which only you will find some enjoyment rolling. After all, if life is as absurd as rolling a rock up and down a hill, then why not seek out the rock YOU want only to roll? Why roll a rock someone else gave you or assigned you?
“For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.” ― Albert Camus
We, Americans, often take pride in our pursuit of happiness. A term coined, no less, from our very own Declaration of Independence. A document penned by the great statesman, politician, inventor, and philosopher, Thomas Jefferson. However, if you go around trying to find happiness you will never find it. Sometimes part of happiness is simply deciding to be happy. This is not a call for blind optimism but a call for personal strength and will power. Happiness comes in two forms: the willed and the unwilled. We often mistake the unwilled form of happiness as the only version of happiness in existence. You can will your happiness. It takes a lot of will power but it is possible. Anything is possible when you have the courage to see the world as an array of endless possibilities.
“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” — Albert Camus
What makes you happy? If there is something you enjoy doing which makes you happy then do it. It’s not a complex solution to a complex problem. It is a simple solution to a simple problem. We humans often create our own complexity and easily fall into the trap of what must be done in order for this or that. This is true to a certain to extent, but the great truth is searching for your passion and finding a way to do it. If you are able to find happiness it will tree branch to those around you. Happiness is a contagious affair when it is willed into an unwilled form.
Originally published at www.jordanaubryrobison.com on May 26, 2014.